Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester was devastated when the Bears fired Lovie Smith this week, and now the star kick returner says he might retire from the NFL.
Lashing out at mainstream media and Bears fans, Hester said they “got what they want” with Lovie’s firing despite a 10-6 winning season in 2012. While Hester may blame fans, the Chicago Bears under Lovie Smith’s guidance have managed to miss the playoffs in five of the last six seasons.
Speaking to the Chicago Tribune, Devin Hester proclaims:
“I don’t even know if I want to play again, man. You know, that’s been on my mind for two years now.”
Hester then explained why he might walk away from the NFL:
“It’s not (as much fun anymore). It ain’t. So, I have my workers’ comp papers in my pocket. See how I feel, go home and talk to my wife, my family. See where we go from there. I’ve got two beautiful kids, man, young. Two boys. A lot of stress has been on my mind lately.”
At 30-years-old Hester was still racking up 25.9 yards per kickoff return and 8.3 yards on punt returns. Hester also caught 23 passes as a wide receiving, pulling in 242 yards for the Chicago Bears.
Devin Hester also holds the NFL record for the most combined special teams return touchdowns with 18 in his career.
For a guy who is almost guaranteed to get tackled on every play, he, at 30-years-old, is an aging veteran in the NFL.
Do you think Devin Hester should retire?