In a bit of a surprise, Devin Hester was unveiled on Wednesday as No. 48 on NFL Networks Top 100 players . A surprise because:
Hester is listed as a wide receiver, yet all but two highlights are of Hester as a returner, and the narration specifically says he is in the Top 100 because of his returns;
And Hester was No. 32 last year, led the NFL with a career-second-best 16.2 yards per punt return, brought two punts and a kickoff back for TDs, yet fell 16 places.
Best guess is that the Bears will have five of the NFLs top 72 players in the final ranking.
Hester joins Brian Urlacher (51) and Lance Briggs (72) in the top 100, and the final 40 players are yet to be revealed. Brandon Marshall was 61st last year and Julius Peppers stood No. 10.
It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.
Sosa's 49th homer of the season came with a runner on 1st and one out, when Oriel Hershiser served up a high fastball that Sammy belted 415 feet into the last few rows in left-center field.
Sosa would later start the game-winning rally in the bottom of the ninth, scoring the game-tying run on a Henry Rodriguez single through the right side of the infield. Jose Hernandez would step in the next at-bat and walk it off with a base hit that scored Mark Grace, as Sammy and the Cubs bested the Giants 6-5.
Fun Fact: A 33-year-old Barry Bonds would hit home run No. 25, finishing the season with 37 homers. He would finish the next season with 34 dingers but would string five consecutive seasons with at least 45 home runs, of course hitting a record 73 home runs in 2001.
Pete McMurray, David Haugh and Ben Finfer join David Kaplan on the panel and discuss the long-awaited arrival of Michael Kopech for the White Sox, Yu Darvish's short rehab start and Mitch Trubisky's second preseason game.
Plus, they discuss new NFL rules and when Eloy Jimenez could get his call up.
Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: