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Return specialist

File:Devin Hester in 2007.jpg
Devin Hester, who is shown fielding a punt during special teams practice at the Chicago Bears' 2007 training camp, is one of the best return specialists in National Football League history.

A return specialist is a player on American football or Canadian football special teams who specializes in returning punts and kickoff returns. There are few players who are exclusively return specialists; most play other positions as well. The special teams counterpart of a return specialist is a kicking specialist.

According to 2012 College Football All-America Team selection Venric Mark: "Returning punts is harder". "You have to judge the ball more, you have to know when to fair catch and when not to. You can't be a superhero and try to catch everything. With kick returns, you catch the ball and — boom — you're going."[1]

Notable return specialists are Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Devin Hester, Tennessee Titans running back Leon Washington, Percy Harvin of the Buffalo Bills, Dwayne Harris of the New York Giants, and cornerback Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals.

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