Lovie Smith was relieved of his coaching duties in Chicago on Monday morning, but that might not be the only change coming to the Windy City. Star return man and wide receiver wanna be Devin Hester is so devastated by the loss of Smith that he told local Chicago media that he’s thinking about hanging up the cleats for good and wants to retire.
“I don’t even know if I want to play again, man,” Hester said. “You know, that’s been on my mind for two years now. It’s not (as much fun anymore). It ain’t. So, I have my workers’ comp papers in my pocket. See how I feel, go home and talk to my wife, my family. See where we go from there. I’ve got two beautiful kids, man, young. Two boys. A lot of stress has been on my mind lately.”
As the Chicago Tribune pointed out, that workers’ comp that Hester is talking about refers to what Hester calls “mental injury” over the years in Chicago. Hester also cited not being able to develop into a wide receiver as one of the stressful reasons he’s thinking about quitting.
“Not being able to showcase my talent the way I want it to be showcased, stressful,” Hester said. “I feel like I have done enough in the league where I established myself to be one of the elite players ever to play the game. God blessed me for seven years. The average years of an NFL player is about three. I made some accomplishments on my own, some goals I reached. Some more goals are out there I still felt I could achieve.”
So basically, Hester lost the only head coach he’s ever known, he’s sick of being exclusively labeled as a return man by the greater NFL community so as a result he’s not going to try anymore to get better he’s just going to quit.
We’ll chalk this talk up to Hester having a bad day, seeing as he lost his head coach less than 24 hours after being a part of one of the worst and most epic collapses by and NFL team ever. But if he’s serious about quitting, it just shows that the changes coming to Chicago, from Lovie Smith to the potential loss of Brian Urlacher, are going to usher in a completely new era of Bears football.