In the wake of Devin Hester being released by the Falcons today, it brings two questions to mind. 1. Is this the end of Devin Hester’s career? 2. Is he worthy of the Hall of Fame? Based on pure statistics, Devin Hester looks like an easy HOF candidate. He holds records for combined career TD returns with 20, most returns in a single season with 6, and most returns in a rookie season with 5. He has plenty of support from his former teammates, Robbie Gould, Matt Forte, and Brian Urlacher; with Forte saying “He’s Hall-Of-Fame worthy now”. Digging deeper, you see Hester never had an established, primary role on the Bears or Falcons. He has never reached 1,000 receiving yards in a single season. Also, he would be the first primary return man to be inducted to the Hall of Fame.
I believe that Hester proved throughout his career that he could impact any game with one return. In my opinion, he deserves to be in Canton. Being completely honest, I do not think he will make it for a few reasons. The plethora of other talented NFL players awaiting their chance to be enshrined, the fact that he would be the first primary return man in the Hall, and the possibility of the NFL eliminating kickoffs entirely make it an uphill battle to say the least.