Legendary return man Devin Hester was not voted in as a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer and Bears fans are not happy at all.
Devin Hester is the best kick returner in the history of pro football but that title wasn’t enough to get him entrance into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
The Bears legend made it onto the finalist list but he was passed over for eight others, including Tony Boselli, Cliff Branch, LeRoy Butler, Art McNally, Sam Mills, Richard Seymour, Dick Vermeil and Bryant Young.
If you ask Bears fans, a huge mistake was made.
Bears fans fumed on Twitter over Devin Hester’s Hall of Fame snub
Even Packers fans were not pleased by the turn of events.
There’s a definite status to being a first-ballot Hall of Famer, so the disappointment for Hester is real.
On the plus side, Hester is almost certain to end up in the Hall of Fame at some point. It wasn’t his year but he’ll have a bust in Canton before long.
Hester played for the Bears from 2006 to 2013 after they drafted him in the second round out of Miami. He burst onto the scene with five return touchdowns in his rookie season, garnering the first of three All-Pro first-team nods and four Pro Bowl appearances.
He scored another six touchdowns on special teams in 2007 to grow his legend while teams figured out they were better off not kicking to him at all. While he had more than 40 punt returns in each of his first two seasons, he only hit 40 once more in his career. That didn’t stop him from picking up a few more Pro Bowls with Chicago and then Atlanta.
All told, Hester scored 19 touchdowns on kick and punt returns. He was an effective wide receiver but managed a total of 16 receiving touchdowns.