The NFL Hall of Fame is where every player in the league wants to be enshrined after they retire.
While some players never get this chance, other elite players are automatic first-ballot Hall of Famers.
However, one legendary return specialist for the Chicago Bears is getting a second chance to make the Hall of Fame.
This player is none other than Devin Hester.
Last year was his first year to be eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot.
While he was part of a 15-player slate of finalists for the HOF that year, he didn’t get in.
But 2023 is seeing him get a second chance to reach the pinnacle of the NFL.
Devin Hester has been named a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist for the class of 2023.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) January 5, 2023
His 11-year career in the NFL saw him play eight seasons with the Bears.
During this time, he made a name for himself as an elite return man.
His 19 kick return touchdowns and 14 punt return touchdowns are both NFL records.
He also was part of the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 2000s.
Despite all these accomplishments, he was snubbed from being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2022.
However, 2023 gives voters a chance to right this wrong.
Keeping him out of the Hall of Fame with the records he holds makes no sense.
His service in the NFL is full of highlight reels of explosive returns for touchdowns.
To keep him out of Canton is a disservice to someone who is a legendary return man.
However, fans can only hope 2023 is the year Hester gets the Hall of Fame bust he rightfully deserves.