Devin Hester rolled his way into records book on Sunday against the Panthers…literally. After returning a punt 69 yards for a touchdown, Hester did a somersault into the endzone, and followed it up with two more. This was Hester’s 11th punt return touchdown which set an NFL record.
Coming into the game Hester was tied with Eric Metcalf at 10 punt return touchdowns. Hester is now the all-time punt return touchdown leader. He was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct as a result but, it was totally worth it. It isn’t everyday that you break an NFL record of that stature. Hester is still relatively young with a lot of juice left in the tank so expect that record to grow to unreachable status by the time he retires.
“It feels good,” Hester said. “I knew my teammates were thirsting for a return, and I’m just glad and pretty honored to be on a team like this where we have 10 other guys out there that want a return just as bad as me.”
Hester now has 39 punt returns of 20 yards or more in his career, which is the most in the NFL since the veteran entered the league in 2006. He is also the all-time leader for combined touchdowns on kick returns with 15.