Skip to main content

Closer Look at Jones, Hester's Pro-Bowl Year

NFL fans want to see more of Atlanta Falcons wide receivers Julio Jones and Devin Hester, voting each into the 2015 Pro Bowl that is scheduled for Jan. 25 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. 

Following their record-setting performances in 2014, Jones earned his second Pro Bowl honor and Hester, who was voted in as a returner, received the honor for the fourth time in his career.

Below are video highlights from both stars' record-setting nights during the 2014 regular season.

Devin Hester's Record-Breaking Night in Week 3

Hester's mentor and friend, Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Atlanta Falcon cornerback Deion Sanders, was in the house to watch his NFL record for return touchdowns fall. Hester high-stepped his way into the history books, scoring on the 62-yard punt return touchdown in the second quarter, setting the NFL's all-time record for most return scores (20). Hester has returned 14 punts, five kickoffs and one blocked field goal for touchdowns. His 14 punt returns are also an NFL record.

The same night, Hester also scored his first-career rushing touchdown on a 20-yard reverse in the second quarter.

Tuesday night, Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong defined what Hester's award signifies.

"You always like to see guys get recognition," Armstrong said. "It's a tribute to him and a tribute to the group."

Julio's Epic Performance at Lambeau Field in Week 14

Julio Jones had a record-breaking performance on Monday Night Football, setting a franchise record with 259 receiving yards on 11 catches. He topped Roddy White's mark of 210 yards set at San Francisco in 2009. His 259-yard outburst included his sixth touchdown catch of the season, hauling in a 22-yard pass from Matt Ryan. According to STATS LLC, Jones' 259 yards were the most by a receiver on Monday night since Jerry Rice logged 289 yards in 1995.

By the end of the night, Jones also set a franchise record for single-season receiving yards (1,428 yards) in just 13 games. He broke White's previous record of 1,389 yards set in 2010. 

Tuesday night, Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said in a league filled with talented stars, Jones just keeps getting better, showcased Sunday against the Saints.

"The fact that he hadn't practiced all week and really hadn't practiced since he got injured in the Green Bay game, it was great to see," Koetter said. "I think it gave our offensive team a big lift that you knew you were going to be able to count on Julio to make his plays. He really has done a nice job and he's gotten better as the season went on."

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.