The online sports books love reporting kicks returned for touchdowns as something miraculous or out of the ordinary. Special teams is a part of the game that more and more teams are taking very seriously and including more of their starters. In 2012, Wes Welker was being utilized by the New England Patriots as a kick returner and Welker was one of the top receivers in the league.
Even though the NFL Hall of Fame shuns the excellence of special teams players, the betting sites online know how important these specialists are to a good football team. Here are the top three special teams players to ever play in the NFL.
Steve Tasker – Buffalo Bills
Steve Tasker often comes up in Hall of Fame discussions, but he has never been put on a ballot. His value to the Buffalo Bills’ teams of the 1990’s that went to four consecutive Super Bowls can be measured in tackles and poor field position for the opposition. He may have been a marginal wide receiver, but Tasker is widely regarded as the best special teams player of all time.
Devin Hester – Chicago Bears
When the betonline.com reviews of Devin Hester’s career start coming in after his retirement, he will be another player that will get Hall of Fame talk but no place on the ballot. Hester holds the records for most kick and punt returns for a touchdown and he electrified the crowd at Super Bowl XLI when he returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.
Ray Guy – Oakland Raiders
Guy was the only punter ever drafted in the first round of the NFL draft and he helped the Raiders to win three Super Bowl titles. He was a pure punter that was named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team, but he still does not have a bust in Canton.