NFL Career Leaders - Punt Return Average

The following is a list of the NFL career punt return leaders ranked by punt 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 punt returns

      Punt Returns
Player Gms Num Yds Avg Lg TD
1. G. McAfee 75 112 1,431 12.8 74t 2
2. J. Christiansen 89 85 1,084 12.8 89t 8
3. C. Gibson 70 110 1,381 12.6 85 3
4. B. Dudley 90 124 1,515 12.2 96t 3
5. R. Upchurch 119 248 3,008 12.1 92t 8
6. T. Hill 45 83 1,006 12.1 95t 4
7. D. Howard 156 244 2,895 11.9 95t 8
8. B. Johnson 143 282 3,317 11.8 87t 6
9. D. Hester 156 315 3,695 11.7 89t 14
10. M. Herron 39 84 982 11.7 66 0
11. R. Parrish 90 165 1,920 11.6 82t 3
12. B. Thompson 179 157 1,814 11.6 60 0
13. D. Gordon 138 314 3,601 11.5 94t 6
14. H. Ellard 228 135 1,527 11.3 83t 4
15. R. Bird 38 94 1,063 11.3 78 0
16. B. Pritchard 60 95 1,072 11.3 81t 2
17. J. Edelman 113 171 1,921 11.2 94t 4
18. J. Ross 51 78 874 11.2 58t 1
19. T. Metcalf 81 84 936 11.1 69t 1
20. B. Hayes 132 104 1,158 11.1 90t 3
21. J. Lewis 111 295 3,282 11.1 89t 6
22. F. Little 117 81 893 11.0 72t 2
23. L. Lipps 110 112 1,234 11.0 76t 3
24. T. Benjamin 94 108 1,189 11.0 93t 4
25. B. Edmonds 65 134 1,471 11.0 75t 1
26. M. Gray 169 252 2,753 10.9 80 3
27. S. Duncan 115 202 2,201 10.9 95t 4
28. V. Smith 59 75 814 10.9 85 1
29. V. Sikahema 118 292 3,169 10.9 87t 4
30. W. Oliver 64 126 1,364 10.8 84t 2
31. B. Mitchell 223 463 4,999 10.8 84t 9
32. B. Sams 46 128 1,378 10.8 78t 2
33. E. Weems 150 123 1,324 10.8 73 1
34. S. Moss 197 130 1,398 10.8 80t 3
35. A. Hakim 110 165 1,773 10.7 86t 3
36. J. Townsell 83 127 1,360 10.7 91t 2
37. J. Cribbs 136 222 2,375 10.7 84t 3
38. D. Meggett 146 349 3,708 10.6 76t 7
39. M. Sherels 118 231 2,447 10.6 86t 5
40. M. Fuller 114 252 2,660 10.6 88t 2
41. L. Kelly 136 94 990 10.5 74 3
42. D. McLemore 69 152 1,598 10.5 93t 4
43. T. Vigorito 35 79 830 10.5 87t 2
44. J. Burris 144 105 1,103 10.5 57 0
45. D. Hall 111 216 2,261 10.5 93t 6
46. K. Moody 63 88 920 10.5 91t 3
47. J. Scott 126 130 1,357 10.4 77t 1
48. D. McCluster 89 133 1,388 10.4 94t 3
49. S. Morgan 196 92 960 10.4 80t 1
50. M. Haynes 164 112 1,168 10.4 89t 2