Hester has also played some as a defensive back and pass
receiver in his eight seasons with the Bears but made his mark
as a threat to score any time he settled under a kick and made
three Pro Bowls as a returner.
The 31-year-old Hester capped off a spectacular 2006 rookie
season by becoming the first player ever to return the opening
kickoff of a Super Bowl for a touchdown, dashing 92 yards in an
eventual loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Hester, a second-round NFL Draft pick out of Miami, is also tied
with Hall of Famer Deion Sanders's career mark of 19 return
touchdowns, which includes punts, kickoffs, missed field goals,
fumbles and interceptions.
He will become an unrestricted free agent on March 11.
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York;
editing by Frank Pingue)
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be
published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.