Hester earns special teams honor

With punt and kick returns for touchdowns in October, Chicago Bears return man Devin Hester was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month on Thursday.

Hester returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 2, and averaged 16.3 yards per punt return during the month. He scored on a 98-yard kickoff return against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 16 and averaged 30.9 yards per kick return.

This is Hester’s third career player of the month award and first since September 2007.