File this under: Absolutely Hysterical. The Chicago Bears had a pretty good season this year, but failed to make the playoffs despite being alive to the very end. The Bears brass obviously didn’t think that head coach Lovie Smith would be the guy to lead the team moving forward because he was a Black Monday casualty.
That isn’t sitting well with one Bears player, “wide receiver” Devin Hester. He said today that he’ll considering retiring since Smith is no longer around to coach.
“I don’t even know if I want to play again,” Hester said. “That’s been something on my mind for two years. It’s not (much fun for me anymore). I’ve got my workers comp papers in my pocket. We’ll see how I feel. I’m going to go home and talk to my wife and talk to my family and see where we go from there. I got two beautiful kids, man, two boys. A lot of stress has been on my mind lately.”
A couple of years ago, this would have been huge news. But, he’s 30-years old now and didn’t return any kicks for touchdowns this season. And he sure as hell didn’t do much as a “wide receiver.” He caught 23 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown. Doing that for a team that only has one good wide receiver tells you a lot about his wide receiver skills.
It seems like he just hasn’t been as electric in the return game since he tried becoming a receiver. So, at this point we’re not sure exactly what he offers. Although, that said, I’d still take him as a return guy over 90% of the returners in the NFL with the hopes that he’d find magic again.
We have a feeling he’s just a little sore right now emotionally. We’d be shocked if he actually retired.