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Bears’ Hester Returns Record 11th Punt For TD

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Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears celebrates as he scores a touchdown on a 69 yard punt return against the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field on October 2, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Hester broke the NFL record with his 11th career punt return touchdown. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears celebrates as he scores a touchdown on a 69 yard punt return against the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field on October 2, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Hester broke the NFL record with his 11th career punt return touchdown. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (AP) — Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears has set an NFL record with his 11th career punt return for a touchdown, running one back 69 yards against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Tied with Eric Metcalf coming in, Hester took over the recor early in the second quarter when he fielded a line drive by Jason Baker.

Hester broke a tackle and turned up the left side, performing three somersaults after crossing the goal line for a 24-10 lead. He was also flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

The big punt return came moments after he returned a kickoff 73 yards, setting up a 17-yard scoring run by Matt Forte.

A three-time Pro Bowl pick, Hester is the league’s all-time leader for combined touchdowns on kick returns with 15.

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