It has been two years since Devin Hester had returned a punt or a kickoff for a touchdown, leading some to wonder if he had lost his knack for returning that resulted in him scoring 11 touchdowns on returns during his first two seasons.
But after his dazzling 62-yard return in Sunday night's 20-17 win over the Packers at Soldier Field, he won't have to worry about losing his job anytime soon.
"We haven't been pleased with the production we've gotten back there but you have to be patient sometimes," coach Lovie Smith said. "When you talk to most opponents they'll say there is still fear when he's back there."
Hester's fielded the low, line-drive punt and ran to his right before finding a seam and cutting back to his left on the return, which gave the Bears a 14-10 lead 14:39 left in the fourth quarter. It was his 12th return for a touchdown in his career, tying him with Dante Hall and Eric Metcalf on the all-time list, one behind leader Bobby Mitchell.
"He kind of outkicked his coverage, and it gave me some time," Hester said. "That was the return we wanted. I've been just pressing and pressing, and maybe second guessing myself."