Devin Hester Comments on NFL Potentially Eliminating Kickoffs in Future

May 26, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver and return specialist Devin Hester isn't pleased with the NFL's decision to move touchbacks from the 20-yard line to the 25-yard line to improve player safety and reduce injuries on kick returns. 
"It’s like taking away a job from people," Hester told Vaughn McClure of ESPN. 
It's hardly surprising Hester would be annoyed by the new rules. The star returner has made a living as a threat on special teams, returning five kickoffs and 14 punts for touchdowns in his career. His 20 total returns for touchdown—he also returned a missed field goal for a score—are the most in NFL history.
And Hester, at least, doesn't think that kickoffs are any more dangerous than any other part of the game.
"I got a concussion making a block at receiver," he said. "But I never got hurt taking hits back on kickoffs."
Of course, kickoffs are often much more dangerous for the blockers and defenders that collide at full speed...

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