Hester Breaks Punt Return Record
WR Devin Hester (Scott Cunningham/Getty)
WR Devin Hester (Scott Cunningham/Getty)
Posted Oct 2, 2011

Chicago Bears receiver Devin Hester returned his 11th career punt for a touchdown today, breaking an NFL record originally held by Eric Metcalf.

Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears has set an NFL record with his 11th career punt return for a touchdown, running one back 69 yards against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Tied with Eric Metcalf coming in, Hester took over the record early in the second quarter when he fielded a line drive by Jason Baker.

Hester broke a tackle and turned up the left side, performing three somersaults after crossing the goal line for a 24-10 lead. He was also flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

The big punt return came moments after he returned a kickoff 73 yards, setting up a 17-yard scoring run by Matt Forte.

A three-time Pro Bowl pick, Hester is the league's all-time leader for combined touchdowns on kick returns with 15.

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