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Former Bears returner Devin Hester officially announces his retirement

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In news your probably already thought happened, former Chicago Bears legendary return man Devin Hester officially announced his retirement from the National Football League.

Devin Hester made the announcement on the mean streets of Twitter.

“To all of the Bears fans, you brought me in and made a Florida boy feel at home in the Midwest from Day 1. I grew into a man, built a family, and became who I am today in the city of Chicago. I’ll always remember the noise y’all made whenever I hit open turf at Soldier – never heard anything quite like it. I’d also like to especially thank Coach Lovie Smith for taking a chance on me in the draft and getting this whole thing started.”

Here is the full tweet:

The Bears drafted Hester in the second round of the 2006 draft out of the University of Miami. Oddly enough, the franchise originally planned for him to be a cornerback who specialized in returns.

Eventually, however, Chicago moved him to receiver, with mixed results. Hester was targeted 91 times in both 2008 and 2009, recording 665 and 757 yards, respectively.

That being said, he is one of the greatest returners in the history of the sport. So much so, in fact, a case can be made that he should be inducted into the Hall of Fame.