Devin Hester, a Chicago Bears receiver in the NFL, is talking about retirement at the young age of 30-years-old after Lovie Smith was fired. He only has one year left on his contract, which could be a big loss for the struggling team.
“I don’t even know if I want to play again,” Hester said. “That’s been something on my mind for two years.” The pro-football receiver says the game isn’t fun anymore, “I’ve got my workers comp papers in my pocket. We’ll see how I feel. I’m going to go home and talk to my wife and talk to my family and see where we go from there. I got two beautiful kids, man, two boys. A lot of stress has been on my mind lately.”
Hester didn’t clarify what he me meant by the workers comp statement. However, his career has been on the decline with 57 catches in 2009 to only 23 this season. He’s one of the greatest return men in the history of the league, but if his heart isn’t it it, it could mean retirement for sure.
Brian Urlacher has been one of Smith’s strongest supporters and said he was shocked at the news that their coach was fired, but he cautioned some of the Chicago players might say things off the field that they didn’t necessarily mean.
“We’re all mad right now,” Urlacher said on “The Waddle and Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “We lost our head coach, they fired him, and we’re all mad. We’re going to say some things that we don’t mean.”
An inside source said that Smith wants the Bears to play, with or without him, and not to be distracted by his firing.
“Not being able to showcase my talents the way I want them to be able to be showcased. It’s stressful,” Hester said.