Atlanta Falcons' Devin Hester Needs Just 1 More Non-Offensive TD for Record

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffAugust 22, 2014

Atlanta Falcons' Devin Hester (17) evades Houston Texans' Josh Victorian (27) as he runs for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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According to, Atlanta Falcons return specialist Devin Hester heads into the 2014 season just one score away from taking sole possession of the all-time record for non-offensive touchdowns.

Hester and retired cornerback Deion Sanders have scored 19 apiece, with 13 of Hester's coming from punts, five from kickoffs and one from a missed field goal. Sanders had six from kickoffs, three from punts, nine from interceptions and one from a recovered fumble.

While Sanders played for five teams and scored touchdowns for four, Hester had spent his entire eight-year career with the Chicago Bears before signing a three-year deal to join the Falcons in March.

Already the NFL's all-time leader with 13 career punt return touchdowns, Hester is one of nine players tied for eighth place with five career kickoff return touchdowns.

Though his lone score last season came from a punt return, Hester led the NFL in both kickoff returns (52) and kickoff return yardage (1,436)albeit with a modest average of 27.6 yards per return.

Widely viewed as the greatest return man in league history, Hester could make quite a statement by setting the record for non-offensive touchdowns. After all, Sanders benefited from playing both defense and special teams, providing far more opportunities to set the record.