Hester with the Chargers
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|Date of birth:||May 8, 1985|
|Place of birth:||Shreveport, Louisiana|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||235 lb (107 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 69|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Jacob Troy Hester (born May 8, 1985) is a former American football running back who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the third round of the 2008 NFL draft. He played college football at Louisiana State University.
Hester attended Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana where in 2002 he was named Louisiana 5A Offensive MVP. He is the son of Joey and Nancy Hester of Shreveport, Louisiana. He rushed for 868 yards and 22 touchdowns on 182 carries, leading his team to the 5A championship game his senior year. During his junior year, he led his team to the state title, rushing for 1,593 yards and 24 touchdowns on 222 attempts in 2002.
In 2004, Hester played as a freshman, starting one game and seeing action in the other 11. He ran for 123 yards on 20 carries in his freshman year, and added two pass receptions for 21 yards. He also made nine tackles on special teams.
In 2005, Hester started one of LSU's 13 games. In the Peach Bowl against Miami, which the Tigers won, he had 13 rushing attempts and gained 70 yards. For the season, Hester ran the ball 25 times for 114 yards, scoring two Touchdowns. In addition, he had 11 receptions for 63 yards; his reception total was second-highest for the team's running backs. He also participated in special teams, recording 14 tackles.
As a junior in 2006, he saw playing time at multiple positions: tailback and fullback. Hester had 35 pass receptions for 269 yards, and ran for 440 yards, while also notching seven tackles on special teams.
As a senior in 2007, the Tigers selected him to be a team captain. He was the starting tailback for the Tigers. He rushed 225 times for 1,103 yards and 12 touchdowns. He added a touchdown catch, and totalled 14 receptions for 106 yards. In LSU's 14 games during the 2007 season, Hester led the Tigers in rushing 10 times. His first 100 yard game came against Florida. Hester gained 106 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown. He was recognized as SEC Offensive Player of the Week and the Sporting News National Player of the Week following the game. Hester's longest run of the season came on an 87-yard touchdown against Louisiana Tech. In LSU's loss to Arkansas, Hester had the most rushing yards of his college career—126 on 28 attempts. In the final game of his college career in the national championship game against Ohio State he rushed 21 times for 86 yards and a touchdown. He did all of this while being a part of a five-man rotation with Keiland Williams, Trindon Holliday, Charles Scott, and Richard Murphy.
2008 NFL Combine
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 11 in||226 lb||4.61 s||1.50 s||2.65 s||4.24 s||6.85 s||29 in||9 ft 3 in||23 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
San Diego Chargers
Hester was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 3rd round, 69th overall, of the 2008 NFL Draft with the intention of being converted into a versatile, pass-catching Norv Turner style fullback. On July 18, he signed a four-year contract that included a $833,000 signing bonus. His 2008 salary total was $1,128,850.
In his preseason debut with the Chargers, Hester rushed for 49 yards over 13 carries, and scored two touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys. In the Chargers' preseason game against the St. Louis Rams, Hester carried for 59 yards in 12 carries.
Hester scored his first regular-season touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts on November 23, on a one-yard pass from Philip Rivers. Despite fumbling only once in over 460 touches for LSU, Hester fumbled in Week 6 against the New England Patriots on only his second NFL carry.
Hester was given charge of the play call on punts, and in a game at Atlanta, Hester noticed a different formation from the Falcons and checked off to a fake. David Binn snapped the ball short to Hester, and with receiver Legedu Naanee blocking the defensive end, Hester ran for a 28-yard gain.
Despite primarily being a halfback his entire college career, Hester displayed his improved blocking ability in the 2008 wild-card playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts, laying a block that effectively took two men out of the play and sprung Darren Sproles to the game-winning score on a 22-yard burst 7:20 minutes into overtime, capping an impressive upset playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts.
On August 31, 2012, the Chargers released Hester. After injuries to the Chicago Bears backfield in September, Hester was brought in to workout with the team, but was not signed.
He had a break out game in Week 17 of the 2012 season, amassing a career-high 55 rushing yards on seven carries - a mark of nearly eight yards per attempt. He displayed agility and power, helping the team secure the #1 Seed in the AFC going into the post season. On September 1, 2013, Hester was cut by the Denver Broncos.
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