The Chicago Bears confirmed that the team will not sign return specialist Devin Hester again. The Chicago Bears announcement came Thursday morning. Phil Emery, the general manager of the team, made the statement which was released by the team in regard to Devin Hester, according to the Chicago Tribune on Thursday.
Emery’s statement said that for the past eight seasons the Chicago Bears have been honored to have Devin Hester as a part of its organization. He asserted that while Hester has redefined the pinnacle standard of the return position in the National Football League, the memories and contributions he has given the team cannot be measured by stats or numbers.
Emery said that not only is Devin a special player as well as an exceptional person, a great teammate, husband and father. The general manager said that Devin represented the organization off the field as well as he did on the field. “When his career is over, he will always be a welcome member of the Bears family,” he added, and concluded by saying, “We thank him for his dedication and wish him and his family all the best.
News broke Wednesday night when Hester said on the NFL Network that he has accepted the fact that he will have to continue his career elsewhere.
Hester took to Facebook on Wednesday night and said:
To all my Chicago people: I can’t thank you all enough for my time in Chicago. I’ve always said I wanted to retire a Chicago Bear but sometimes things don’t work out the way we would like. Chicago will always hold a special place in my heart and if I am fortunate enough to break the return record, we will have all broken it together… no matter where I am. Thank you again and God Bless.”
Hester hopes for a possible reunion with Lovie Smith – his head coach for his first seven NFL seasons – who is now in Tampa Bay with the Buccaneers.