Now he credits coach Lovie Smith for opening his eyes to the possibility that he could have a lot of success as a wide receiver.
As a rookie last season, Hester had a league-record six touchdowns -- one of which was a missed field goal he ran back 108 yards.
Smith first broached the subject about a year ago and, for a while, would occasionally bring it up. During this offseason, it became a daily topic of conversation before Hester finally said yes.
The transition to offense is not an easy one.
Hester can't simply rely on his speed. He figures he knows about "65 to 70 percent" of the offense and has leaned heavily on veteran Muhsin Muhammad, who calls football a cerebral game.