09/18/2014 10:41 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Devin Hester Breaks NFL Record With 20th Career Return Touchdown (VIDEO)

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Those were high steps of respect.

When Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Devin Hester took his final celebratory strides into the end zone to finish off a historic punt return touchdown, he paid tribute to the player whose NFL record he was breaking. Hester surpassed Deion Sanders' mark for career return touchdowns, 19, with a 62-yard touchdown burst against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night in Atlanta.

With that return touchdown, Hester firmly established his place in NFL history.

Sanders, a Hall of Famer who earned the nickname "Prime Time" in part by making the high step his trademark move, was actually at the game as an analyst for NFL Network.

Prime approved.