Devin Hester's departure from the Chicago Bears was announced yesterday, and the player took to social media in the aftermath to thank fans.
In a message posted to his official Facebook page, the dynamic runner reserved special praise for the Bears fanbase:
"To all my Chicago people...I can't thank you all enough for my time in Chicago. I've always said I wanted to retire a Chicago Bear but sometimes things don't work out the way we would like.
"Chicago will always hold a special place in my heart and if I am fortunate enough to break the return record, we will have all broken it together...no matter where I am.
"Thank you again and God Bless," he wrote.
The message has already received over 55,000 'likes', and it is clear that the player built up a special bond with fans during his eight years at Soldier Field.
Hester had to date spent all of his professional career with the Chicago Bear since being drafted in 2006 and has built a reputation as an expert punt and kickoff returner.
The return record he speaks of in the message is currently set at 13 - a total Hester shares with Deion Sanders.
So when Hester finally breaks that record, which he looks likely to do at a new franchise, we can be sure he will pay a little tribute to the people in Chicago who helped him reach the landmark.
Hester will head to free agency now, and even at 31-years old should find a new team without too much trouble.
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