Hester racks up another award
November, 16, 2011
AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastDevin Hester won his third special teams award of the season and 12th of his career.Chicago Bears return specialist Devin Hester won his third Special Teams Player of the Week Award of the season and the 12th of his career after returning a punt 82 yards for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
And Hester did it after dealing with a sprained ankle all week and a bout of strep throat.
"I had just been feeling sick all week; had a fever over 103," Hester said. "My tonsils were swollen. I had strep throat. I was just feeling bad. Other than that, I just took some antibiotics, tried to get through it. It was a game-time decision."
Hester joins John Carney (13), Jerry Rice (13) and Adam Vinatieri (13) as the only non-quarterbacks to win 12 Player of the Week Awards in their career.
Hester now has an NFL-record 12 punt-return touchdowns to go with five kickoffs returns for TDs. He also returned a missed field goal for a TD and trails Deion Sanders by just one for the most touchdown returns in NFL history.
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