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Devin Hester released by Falcons

Former Bears record-setting return specialist Devin Hester on Tuesday was released by the Atlanta Falcons.


Devin Hester played eight seasons with the Bears from 2006-13.

Hester played eight seasons with the Bears from 2006-13, becoming the NFL's all-time leader with 18 kick return touchdowns and 13 punt return TDs. He also tied Hall of Famer Deion Sanders' career mark of 19 return touchdowns, which includes punts, kickoffs, missed field goals, fumbles and interceptions. Hester later broke the record as a member of the Falcons.

Selected by the Bears in the second round of the 2006 draft out of Miami (57th overall), Hester was voted to three Pro Bowls, won 13 special teams player of the week awards and was named to the NFL's All-Decade team for the 2000s by the Associated Press and ESPN.

Hester made an immediate impact with the Bears, setting an NFL single-season record with five kick return touchdowns as a rookie in 2006 and then eclipsing the mark with six TDs in 2007.

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