Days after setting the all-time NFL record for 20 career-return scores, thanks to a brilliant 62-yard punt return TD in Week 3, Falcons WR Devin Hester was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
"I give all the credit to my teammates and coaches," Hester said Wednesday. "It's a credit to them and the work they put in, each and every week."
As for the upcoming week, Hester is focused on the Minnesota Vikings team that he knows really well. During his illustrious nine-year NFL career, he's faced the Vikings 15 times (9-6), all while playing for the Chicago Bears. The current Falcons star has quite a resume against the Purple and Gold, logging:
- 5 receiving TDs
- 3 punt return TDs
- 1 kick return TD
After Hester's last visit to TCF Bank Stadium (where the Falcons play this Sunday), on Dec. 20, 2010, he left the land of 10,000 lakes with the following numbers:
- 1 kickoff return for 79 yards
- 2 punt returns, including a 64-yard TD
- 2 receptions for 23 yards and 1 TD (15-yard score)
"We played them so much, when I was with the Chicago Bears, that I've had a lot of opportunities," Hester said. "I'm excited to play them; it's a team I'm used to playing against, so, we'll see how it turns out this time."
Falcons fans are hoping for similar numbers from Hester this weekend, which would only help accomplish the ultimate goal on Sunday, a third win of the 2014 regular season.