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Akiem Hicks reveals the word that 'makes his skin crawl'

Akiem Hicks reveals the word that 'makes his skin crawl'

Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks is not immune to the same emotional response that fans have been suffering through since the team's wild-card loss to the Eagles during the 2018 NFL playoffs.

Chicago was one kick away; one kick from advancing to the divisional round and a date with the Los Angeles Rams. Instead, Cody Parkey missed the game-winning field goal and the Bears' season was over. Just like that.

And as if the missed kick wasn't bad enough, the way in which it fell painfully to the ground created its own moniker: the double-doink.

Say that simple phrase around any Bears fan and you're certain to elicit a response. It won't be pretty, either. 

During Week 6's Sunday Night Football game between the Steelers and Chargers, Hicks shared on Twitter that even his skin crawls anytime he hears the word doink.

Hicks, who's become one of the NFL's best all-around defensive linemen during his four-year tenure with the Bears, is also one of the team's fan-favorites. This kind of emotional connection with the fanbase will only elevate that status.

Whether the Bears defense will have Hicks back before the end of the season is still a great unknown. He suffered a dislocated elbow in Week 5's loss to the Raiders; we'll learn more about his status once the team returns to Halas Hall.

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Devin Hester one of six specialists to make the NFL 100 All-Time Team

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Devin Hester one of six specialists to make the NFL 100 All-Time Team

The NFL 100 All-Time Team just got a serious influx of speed and athleticism. Former Bears' legend and arguably the greatest special teams player of all time, Devin Hester, was named to the squad on Friday.

Hester played with the Bears from 2006 to 2013, racking up an incredible 31 return touchdowns (18 on kick returns, 13 on punt returns). Over his 11 season career, Hester collected a total of 11,028 return yards between kick and punt returns. Hester made four Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams over his career. 

The 2006 No. 57 overall pick out of Miami (FL) dazzled from the start of his NFL career, collecting 1,128 combined punt/kick return yards and 5 touchdowns. 

But just as impressive as his overall effectiveness, was his penchant for rising to the moment. Hester's clutch moments included an 80+ yard punt return for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the infamous, "They are who we thought they were game".

And, of course, all NFL fans remember how Hester became the first player in NFL history to take the opening kickoff of a Super Bowl back to the house for a touchdown. 

Hester was a shoo-in to make the NFL 100 All-Time Team, as he is the NFL's all-time leader in kick and punt return touchdowns but even, so his game was about so much more than just the numbers. 

Devin Hester's unparalleled combination of speed and creativity in the open field delighted NFL fans in a way that perhaps no other player in history did or ever will. 

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Bears win again as they trounce the Cowboys

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Bears win again as they trounce the Cowboys

Sam Panayotovick and Seth Gruen join Kap on the show.

0:00 - The Bears win again as they trounce the Cowboys. So did Mitch Trubisky save his job or was it just one good game?

12:00 - The Bulls look for their third straight win with the Warriors in town. Plus, Sam gives out his best bets for the weekend as the guys preview the college football conference title games.

17:00 - Comedian Steve Rannazzisi joins Kap to talk about the dumpster fire that is his Knicks. Plus Kap thanks his Giants for helping turn the Bears season around.

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