Sun­coast re­tir­ing Hester’s num­ber

For­mer UM, NFL stand­out ex­celled with Charg­ers.

The Palm Beach Post - - SPORTS - By Jodie Wag­ner Palm Beach Post Staff Writer jwag­ner@pbpost.com Twit­ter: @JRWag­ner5

Sun­coast will re­tire the jersey of for­mer foot­ball star Devin Hester tonight in a pregame cer­e­mony.

Hester, who played corner­back, wide re­ceiver and run­ning back for the Charg­ers and also re­turned kicks, went on to star at the Univer­sity of Mi­ami and in the NFL. He’s the first Sun­coast stu­dent-ath­lete to have his jersey re­tired.

Hester will be hon­ored be­fore the Charg­ers’ home game against Fort Pierce West­wood tonight. Cer­e­monies are sched­uled to be­gin at 7 p.m., fol­lowed by a 7:15 p.m. kick­off.

A five-star re­cruit com­ing out of Sun­coast, Hester was rated the state’s No. 1 prospect by Su­perPrep. He also was a first-team All-Amer­i­can by USA To­day and was listed as the sec­ond-best corner­back in the na­tion in 2002.

Hester went on to star at the Univer­sity of Mi­ami from 2003-05. He played of­fense, de­fense and spe­cial teams for the Hur­ri­canes and scored six re­turn TDs in his 32 games.

Hester was se­lected by the Bears in the sec­ond round of the 2006 NFL draft and played eight sea­sons in Chicago. He re­turned the open­ing kick at Su­per Bowl XLI for a TD against the In­di­anapo­lis Colts.

He also played for the Fal­cons, Ravens and Sea­hawks dur­ing his ca­reer, and holds the NFL record for most all­time re­turn touch­downs (punt and kick­off com­bined) with 20, and most all-time punt re­turn touch­downs with 14.

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