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100 Greatest Plays In Miami History: #31-Devin Hester Opening Kickoff Return vs Florida 2003

Devin Hester introduced himself to the college football world against the Gators in 2003.

Miami v North Carolina Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

We can always remember that first time when a certain player made his first big play. We remember LeBron James in high school, Dwyane Wade in his rookie year, or Brett Favre when he came in as a backup and won the game for the Packers.

The legend of Devin Hester is dates back to 2003, when he introduced himself to the world, and to college football, as the #3 Miami Hurricanes were set to do battle with the #18 Florida Gators. Hester didn’t take long.

Hester’s 97-yard return against the Gators on the opening kickoff got the Orange Bowl to a deafening level, as it was just the beginning of what turned out to be a legendary game.