LAKE FOREST, IL – Chicago Bears WR Devin Hester was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after recording 134 return yards – including a 98-yard kickoff return touchdown – in Week 6 versus Minnesota.
Hester’s touchdown was the 16th kick return score of his career (11 punt, five kickoff) which extended his NFL record.
The touchdown was the 17th return touchdown (11 punt, five kickoff, one missed field goal) of his career, tied for second most in NFL history with Hall of Famer Rod Woodson, trailing Hall of Famer Deion Sanders (19). Hester has reached the mark in 82 career games played while Woodson played in 238 and Sanders 188.
Hester added 91 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown on five receptions during the contest versus Minnesota and returned a punt 27 yards.
It was the 11th Special Teams Player of the Week award for the University of Miami (FL) product and his second of the season (Week 4 versus Carolina).
Hester joins Jerry Rice (13), Barry Sanders (11), LaDainian Tomlinson (11), John Carney (13), Jason Hanson (11) and Adam Vinatieri (13) as the only non-QBs to win 11 Player of the Week Awards in their career.
It was the third NFC Player of the Week honor for the Bears this season after LB Brian Urlacher won NFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 1 versus Atlanta.
RB Matt Forté was also named FedEx Ground player of the Week in Week 4 versus Carolina.