NFL Punt Return Leaders
Career Leaders
CategoryPlayerRecord
Punt Returns Brian Mitchell 463
Fair Catches Brian Mitchell 231
Yards Brian Mitchell 4999
Average (75 returns minimum) George McAfee 12.8
Touchdowns Devin Hester 14
Returns of 20+ Yards Devin Hester 61
Returns of 40+ Yards Devin Hester 21
Fumbles Eric Metcalf 26
Yearly Leaders
Year League Player NO FC YDS AVG LG TD
1920 APFA Frank Bacon 1
1921 APFA Paddy Driscoll and Jerry Noonan 1
1922 NFL Norb Sacksteder 1
1923 NFL Eddie Robinson and Jim Turner 1
1924 NFL Benny Boynton and Joey Sternaman 1
1925 NFL Jack Ernst and Henry Homan 1
1926 AFL Mal Bross and Bob Dinsmore 1
1926 NFL Curly Oden 2
1927 NFL Jack Cronin, Jack Hagerty, Hinkey Haines and Curly Oden 1
1928 NFL Al Bloodgood, Hinkey Haines, Bill Senn and Dick Sturtridge 1
1929 NFL Johnny Blood, Mickey McDonnell, Ken Strong and Cy Wentworth 1
1931 NFL Mort Kaer, Curly Oden, Glenn Presnell and Ken Strong 1
1932 NFL Chris Cagle 1
1933 NFL John Kelly 2
1934 NFL Homer Griffith 1
1934 NFL Jack Grossman 1
1935 NFL Phil Sarboe 2
1936 NFL Cliff Battles and George Grosvenor 1
1937 NFL Ace Parker and Doug Russell 1
1939 NFL Joe Laws and Dick Todd 1
1940 NFL Ray McLean and Dick Todd 1
1941 NFL Whizzer White 19 262 13.8 64 0
1942 NFL Merl Condit 21 210 10.0 23 0
1943 NFL Andy Farkas 15 168 11.2 33 0
1944 NFL Steve Van Buren 15 230 15.3 55t 1
1945 NFL Dave Ryan 15 220 14.7 58 0
1946 AAFC Chuck Fenenbock 16 299 18.7 41 0
1946 NFL Bill Dudley 27 385 14.3 52 0
1947 AAFC Glenn Dobbs 19 215 11.3 0
1947 NFL Walt Slater 28 435 15.5 33 0
1948 AAFC Herman Wedemeyer 23 368 16.0 61 0
1948 NFL George McAfee 30 417 13.9 60t 1
1949 AAFC Jim Cason 21 351 16.7 0
1949 NFL Vitamin Smith 27 427 15.8 85 1
1950 NFL Herb Rich 12 276 23.0 86t 1
1951 NFL Buddy Young 12 231 19.3 79t 1
1952 NFL Jack Christiansen 15 322 21.5 79t 2
1953 NFL Charley Trippi 21 239 11.4 38 0
1954 NFL Veryl Switzer 24 306 12.8 93t 1
1955 NFL Ollie Matson 13 245 18.9 78t 2
1956 NFL Kenny Konz 13 187 14.4 65t 1
1957 NFL Bert Zagers 14 217 15.5 76t 2
1958 NFL Jon Arnett 18 223 12.4 58 0
1959 NFL Johnny Morris 14 171 12.2 78t 1
1960 AFL Abner Haynes 14 215 15.4 46 0
1960 NFL Abe Woodson 13 174 13.4 48 0
1961 AFL Dick Christy 18 383 21.3 70t 2
1961 NFL Willie Wood 14 11 225 16.1 72t 2
1962 AFL Dick Christy 15 250 16.7 73t 2
1962 NFL Pat Studstill 29 7 457 15.8 44 0
1963 AFL Claude Gibson 26 307 11.8 85t 2
1963 NFL Dick James 16 6 214 13.4 39 0
1964 AFL Bobby Jancik 12 220 18.3 82t 1
1964 NFL Tommy Watkins 16 6 238 14.9 68t 2
1965 AFL Speedy Duncan 30 464 15.5 66t 2
1965 NFL Leroy Kelly 17 6 265 15.6 67t 2
1966 AFL Speedy Duncan 18 4 238 13.2 81t 1
1966 NFL Johnny Roland 20 18 221 11.1 86t 1
1967 AFL Floyd Little 16 6 270 16.9 72t 1
1967 NFL Ben Davis 18 7 229 12.7 52t 1
1968 AFL Noland Smith 18 10 270 15.0 80t 1
1968 NFL Bob Hayes 15 10 312 20.8 90t 2
1969 AFL Billy Thompson 25 4 288 11.5 40 0
1969 NFL Alvin Haymond 33 8 435 13.2 52 0
1970 NFL Ed Podolak 23 21 311 13.5 60 0
1971 NFL Speedy Duncan 22 9 233 10.6 33 0
1972 NFL Ken Ellis 14 1 215 15.4 80t 1
1973 NFL Bruce Taylor 15 6 207 13.8 61 0
1974 NFL Lemar Parrish 18 1 338 18.8 90t 2
1975 NFL Billy Johnson 40 1 612 15.3 83t 3
1976 NFL Rick Upchurch 39 3 536 13.7 92t 4
1977 NFL Billy Johnson 35 8 539 15.4 87t 2
1978 NFL Rick Upchurch 36 2 493 13.7 75t 1
1979 NFL John Sciarra 16 0 182 11.4 38 0
1980 NFL J.T. Smith 40 8 581 14.5 75t 2
1981 NFL LeRoy Irvin 46 6 615 13.4 84t 3
1982 NFL Rick Upchurch 15 3 242 16.1 78t 2
1983 NFL Henry Ellard 16 4 217 13.6 72t 1
1984 NFL Mike Martin 24 5 376 15.7 55 0
1985 NFL Irving Fryar 37 15 520 14.1 85t 2
1986 NFL Bobby Joe Edmonds 34 14 419 12.3 75t 1
1987 NFL Mel Gray 24 5 352 14.7 80 0
1988 NFL John Taylor 44 7 556 12.6 95t 2
1989 NFL Walter Stanley 36 5 496 13.8 74 0
1990 NFL Clarence Verdin 31 3 396 12.8 36 0
1991 NFL Mel Gray 25 14 385 15.4 78t 1
1992 NFL Johnny Bailey 20 8 263 13.2 65 0
1993 NFL Tyrone Hughes 37 21 503 13.6 83t 2
1994 NFL Brian Mitchell 32 24 452 14.1 78t 2
1995 NFL David Palmer 26 13 342 13.2 74t 1
1996 NFL Desmond Howard 58 16 875 15.1 92t 3
1997 NFL Jermaine Lewis 28 13 437 15.6 89t 2
1998 NFL Deion Sanders 24 8 375 15.6 69t 2
1999 NFL Charlie Rogers 22 18 318 14.5 94t 1
2000 NFL Jermaine Lewis 36 9 578 16.1 89t 2
2001 NFL Troy Brown 29 15 413 14.2 85t 2
2002 NFL Jimmy Williams 20 8 336 16.8 89t 1
2003 NFL Dante Hall 29 14 472 16.3 93t 2
2004 NFL Eddie Drummond 24 8 316 13.2 83t 2
2005 NFL Reno Mahe 21 9 269 12.8 44 0
2006 NFL Adam Jones 34 3 440 12.9 90t 3
2007 NFL Roscoe Parrish 27 2 440 16.3 74t 1
2008 NFL Roscoe Parrish 21 10 322 15.3 63t 1
2009 NFL DeSean Jackson 29 15 441 15.2 85t 2
2010 NFL Devin Hester 33 10 564 17.1 89t 3
2011 NFL Devin Hester 28 15 454 16.2 82t 2
2012 NFL Leodis McKelvin 23 14 431 18.7 88t 2
2013 NFL Tandon Doss 23 7 359 15.6 82t 1
2014 NFL Darren Sproles 39 16 506 13.0 82t 2
2015 NFL Danny Amendola 23 12 276 12.0 82 0
2016 NFL Tyreek Hill 39 8 592 15.2 95t 2
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