NFL Career Leaders - Kickoff Return Average

The following is a list of the NFL career kickoff return leaders ranked by kickoff return average. Statistics are current through the 2018 NFL season and include stats accrued in NFL, AFL and APFA games.

Active players are listed in bold.

Leaders based on 75 kickoff returns

      Kickoff Returns
Player Gms Num Yds Avg Lg TD
1. G. Sayers 68 91 2,781 30.6 104 6
2. C. Patterson 86 160 4,800 30.0 110 5
3. L. Chandnois 72 92 2,720 29.6 93t 3
4. J. McKnight 41 79 2,270 28.7 108 2
5. A. Woodson 116 193 5,538 28.7 106 5
6. B. Young 67 90 2,514 27.9 104 2
7. T. Williams 62 102 2,801 27.5 106 6
8. J. Arenas 84 139 3,798 27.3 96 1
9. C. Smith 24 75 2,038 27.2 97t 1
10. P. Harvin 75 152 4,127 27.2 106 5
11. C. Davis 89 79 2,140 27.1 76 0
12. J. Jones 128 183 4,940 27.0 108 5
13. S. Van Buren 83 76 2,030 26.7 98 3
14. L. Lyles 129 81 2,161 26.7 104 3
15. Q. Demps 110 110 2,931 26.6 100 2
16. M. Morris 99 111 2,947 26.5 106 3
17. E. Hobbs 79 141 3,739 26.5 108 3
18. B. Cunningham 76 105 2,784 26.5 102 0
19. B. Jancik 81 158 4,185 26.5 61 0
20. M. Renfro 174 85 2,246 26.4 100 2
21. B. Mitchell 148 102 2,690 26.4 98t 5
22. J. Todman 74 89 2,346 26.4 99t 1
23. T. McGee 122 207 5,450 26.3 104 5
24. O. Matson 171 143 3,746 26.2 106 6
25. D. Manning 128 129 3,370 26.1 83t 1
26. A. Haymond 104 170 4,438 26.1 98t 2
27. J. Miller 44 152 3,966 26.1 104 5
28. J. Cribbs 136 426 11,113 26.1 104 8
29. N. Smith 39 82 2,137 26.1 106 1
30. L. McKelvin 111 95 2,471 26.0 98t 1
31. A. Jones 143 121 3,147 26.0 97 0
32. M. Jones-Drew 126 79 2,054 26.0 100 2
33. A. Nelson 105 101 2,625 26.0 78 0
34. T. Brown 107 184 4,781 26.0 106 5
35. D. Harris 93 134 3,475 25.9 100 1
36. V. Washington 67 129 3,341 25.9 98t 1
37. D. Hampton 93 113 2,923 25.9 102 3
38. L. Washington 126 292 7,553 25.9 102 8
39. L. Garron 99 89 2,299 25.8 95t 2
40. C. Childs 59 134 3,454 25.8 100 2
41. H. Adderley 164 120 3,080 25.7 104 2
42. P. Studstill 147 75 1,924 25.7 100 1
43. B. Smith 125 112 2,873 25.7 106 4
44. T. Lockett 53 101 2,589 25.6 106 2
45. D. Karim 33 91 2,332 25.6 102 1
46. M. Jenkins 37 151 3,865 25.6 98t 2
47. T. Metcalf 81 121 3,087 25.5 94t 2
48. W. Roberts 83 107 2,728 25.5 91t 1
49. J. Norwood 66 145 3,695 25.5 92 0
50. D. Vaughn 48 103 2,620 25.4 100 4