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Preparing for the Dangerous Return Manby: T.J. Troup
© September 2008
At 6:50 in the third quarter on Sunday, February 10th 2008, in Hawaii, Rob Bironas kicks off for the AFC. Devin Hester takes the ball on the 4-yard line, and heads up field. At the 18-yard line he suddenly stops and throws back across the field to Cowboy tight end Jason Witten who advances the ball 35 yards into AFC territory. When special teams coach Mike Stock of the NFC asked Hester ‘Why?’ Devin's response was, "I saw him waving.’ In the last two years Devin Hester had advanced the ball on kickoff and punt returns on his own, and with incredible success. During Mike Stock's long successful coaching career he has seen and heard many things, yet Hester's response might be a first. As special teams coach of the Green Bay Packers Coach Stock's job is to stop Devin Hester from "breaking" the long kick return.
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