Beacon Sports: PBA students interview NFL star

By Jennifer Rodino, Jared Stresen-Reuter and Jon Blank
Features Editor and Contributing Writers

The Super Bowl was yesterday, and most students were excited about seeing two great quarterbacks, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, go head-to-head.

However, Palm Beach Atlantic University students Jared Stresen-Reuter and Jon Blank were more concerned with the where-abouts of Chicago Bears star Devin Hester.

Hester is a wide receiver and return specialist for the Chicago Bears.

Photo by Jared Stresen-Reuter / Contributing Photographer

He is an alumnus of the University of Miami, where he became the first person in the university’s recent history to play on all three teams in football: offense, defense and special teams.

Hester holds the NFL’s all-time record for most kicks returned for a touchdown in a single season.

Hester began his love for football right here in the beautiful city of West Palm Beach.

PBA sent Blank and Stresen-Reuter to get an interview from Hester at Suncoast High School, his alma mater.

Hester was welcomed to the school by 50 Suncoast students, as well as some of the former faculty that were working at the school while he was attending.

A question and answer period was held between Hester and the student body, with one opening question being, “Can I get an autograph?”

A majority of the crowd was also interested in finding out ways to get free tickets to games.

After the high school students were able to get these super-star questions out of the way, Stresen-Reuter and Blank sat down for a chat with Hester.

Q: What was the biggest selling point in your choosing of the University of Miami?
A: I was recruited sophomore year of high school. In addition, most of my family went there and it was close to home. The school expressed a strong need and want for me.

Q: What is your all-time favorite moment during your NFL career so far?
A: Having the chance to be part of a team.

Q: How did you become so successful in the NFL?
A: Making sure I have an extra edge over other players with my great speed and play-making abilities.

Q: We know that you were on the track team in high school, what were some of your times?
A: 100-meter dash in 10.66 seconds, and
40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds as a sophomore in high school.

Q: Who has made the hardest tackle on you in the NFL?
A: Since Ray Lewis was also a Miami Hurricane, we made a pact not to hit each other hard, so therefore Brian Dawkins is probably the hardest hit I have experienced so far.

Q: Would you ever consider playing for the Dolphins so that you would be closer to home?
A: The NFL isn’t like college where you can pick what team you want to play for. It is a business and I love playing for Chicago.”

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