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Canes Great Devin Hester Retires From NFL

Another #NFLU Legend Hangs Up His Cleats After 12 Legendary Years

Louisiana Tech v Miami
Devin Hester #4 of the University of Miami Hurricanes runs upfield against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs during the game on September 18, 2004 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. The Hurricanes defeated the Bulldogs 48-0.
Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images

Devin Hester, an NFL and Miami Hurricanes legend, decided to call it a career on Tuesday.

Hester owns an interminable amount of NFL records, including:

  • Most non-offensive TDs (20)
  • Most punt returns for TDs (14)
  • Most kick returns in a single game (2)
  • Most total special teams TDs (19)

Hester was also the first player to return a kickoff in the Super Bowl, when he returned the opening kickoff 105 yards against the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI. He did it in Miami’s Dolphins Stadium, about a half-hour from his alma mater.

Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis Colts v Chicago Bears
Kick returner Devin Hester #23 of the Chicago Bears returns the openning kickoff 92-yards for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter of Super Bowl XLI on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images

Three moments stick out to me from his time with the Canes

  • His blocked FG return against Florida in the Peach Bowl

On New Years Eve in 2004, Miami defeated the Gators in the “state championship” 27-10 at the Georgia Dome. The Canes were not rolling though until Hester blocked a Gator FG attempt to open the scoring. Soon, the floodgates opened and Miami won handily.

  • His punt return against Duke

It may not have been a big game, or a play that effected the outcome, but Hester showed his insane talent on this play.

  • His kick return in the UF game at the OB in ‘03

And finally, who can forget the moment the Orange Bowl erupted when Hester took the opining kick back against the Gators in ‘03. Equally unforgettable is that after this play, the Canes were getting steamrolled at home and trailed 33-10. But that all led to one of the most remarkable 2nd half rallies in OB history as the Miami rallied to win 38-33 in an instant classic.

Devin Hester, thank you for making us all proud. Sincerely, #CanesFam