Flowery Branch, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Falcons signed one of the most prolific kick returners in NFL history Thursday, agreeing to terms with Devin Hester on an undisclosed deal.
Hester, who was released by the Bears earlier this offseason, is the NFL's all-time leader in punt return touchdowns (13) and total kick return touchdowns (18). Including his 108-yard missed field goal return touchdown, Hester's 19 overall return scores are tied with Hall of Famer Deion Sanders for the most in regular-season history. When adding Hester's 92-yard kickoff return touchdown to open Super Bowl XLI, his 20 overall return touchdowns (including the postseason) are an NFL record.
In 123 games played (46 starts) over eight seasons with the Bears, Hester's 3,241 punt return yards are eighth most in NFL history and his 12.3 punt return average ranks fifth.
He left Chicago as the franchise's all-time leader in total return touchdowns, punt return touchdowns, punt return yards, kickoff return yards (5,504), total kick return yards (8,745) and second in all-purpose yards (11,632).
As a receiver, Hester had 217 receptions for 2,807 yards with the Bears.