Frustrated Bears fans can add another address for all the hate mail: Treyvon Hester’s.
Cody Parkey, the kicker who hit a crossbar and upright and instantly became the most reviled Bear in recent memory (and the most pitied from all other onlookers), is not fully to blame for the 42-yard, would-be game-winning kick Sunday that was a game-loser, in Chicago’s 16-15, punch-in-the-gut loss to the Eagles in the NFC wild-card round.
He shouldered it all himself, as did the Bears fans who rained boos upon the 26-year-old as he ran off the field. Yet Hester, a Philadelphia defensive tackle, justifiably wants some scorn from Chicago, too.
“Me and Haloti [Ngata] … we got penetration, got the hand up like Coach always says. Tipped off my fingertips,” the 6-foot-2 Hester told Philly.com. “Felt good … [but] actually, I thought I didn’t get enough of it, I thought it was going to go in. When I saw it going in, I turned back around [away from the goal posts]. Then I heard everybody screaming, I was like, oh, [bleep] … he missed it.”
He didn’t imagine it. A slow-mo look at the kick, which Parkey pulled after nailing a try that was waved off because the Eagles called timeout, verifies that Hester’s fingertip can join Parkey’s foot as Chicago’s most hated appendages. The NFL officially changed the ruling Monday, from a missed kick to a blocked kick.
That knowledge probably isn’t helping Parkey right now.
“I thought I hit a great ball,” the fifth-year pro said. “One hundred percent that loss is on me. It is what it is. Sun is going to shine tomorrow. Life’s going to go on. Unfortunately, it’s going to sting for a while.”