My Sportsman: Devin Hester
One of the greatest obstacles facing the modern athlete is the heap of expectations he or she creates through performance. Mediocrity can be acceptable until you have flashed brilliance. Then there is no turning back.
As 2007 set in, Hester added a seventh return score in the opening moments of Super Bowl XLI. Lesson learned, Indianapolis kicked away from him on five subsequent occasions. The Bears lost, but in doing so, they saw the light: They needed to get the ball to Hester even more -- preferably at wide receiver.
So began Hester's and the Bears' season of expectations. Of course, it started with a steady dose of cynicism. Hester wouldn't fit in at receiver right away, critics said. His gaudy return stats would sag, and the Bears wouldn't repeat their 13-3 record. Only one third of that has proved to be correct.
Opponents have wisely kicked away from Hester nearly 45 percent of the time this year, yet he is the lone upside of a dreary season in Chicago. He has five scores on returns, which put him on pace to pass
A lesser man might snap. Put yourself in Hester's shoes Oct. 14: You've already scored on a zig-zagging 89-yard punt return against the Vikings, but when the fourth quarter rolls around your team trails by seven. So you do what you do best, run like hell, right underneath
I had the chance to ask Hester about these situations earlier this month. "This has to be driving you nuts, right?" I said. "Nuts," he said. "I only wish I could do more. It's so frustrating, and I feel like it's my fault, like I studied all week long for a huge exam and just got a C." The guy is the best player on his team and he feels like it's his fault. There's not a
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