Devin Hester Named NFC Special Teams Player Of The Week

October 5, 2011 by

Chicago Bears WR/KR Devin Hester was named the NFC Special Teams Player Of The Week on Sunday. It’s the 10th time Hester has won the award, making him the the leader in the prestigious category.

Hester broke the NFL-record held by Eric Metcalf for punt return for touchdowns with his 11th return for a touchdown in Week 4 against the Carolina Panthers.

He took a punt 69 yards into the endzone in the third quarter to help the Bears come away with the much-needed victory.

In addition, he almost took a kick return to the house early in the second half, but failed to get in the endzone after running down the field for 73 yards.

He now has 39 punt returns of 20 yards or more in his career. He also surpassed Dante Hall (2,261) for 23rd in career punt return yards. He now has 2,300 punt return yards.

It will be interesting to see if Hester can keep up that prominent production on punts and kickoffs for the remainder of the season.

FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week:

Matt Forte is a nominee after rushing for 205 yards and a touchdown against Carolina.

Houston’s Arian Foster (155 yards rushing, 1 TD) and Washington’s Ryan Torain (135 yards and 1 TD) are the other nominees.

Voting for the award ends Friday at 2 p.m., so go over to and vote for Bears RB Matt Forte.

For more news on Twitter, follow @Bearsbacker.

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