NFL Single Season Leaders - Kickoff Return Average

The following is a list of the NFL single season 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 20 kickoff returns

      Kickoff Returns
Player Season Team Num Yds Avg Lg TD
1. J. Duncan 1970 Bal 20 707 35.4 99t 1
2. V. Smith 1950 LA 22 742 33.7 97t 3
3. R. Brown 1985 LA 28 918 32.8 98t 3
4. C. Turner 1970 Chi 23 752 32.7 96t 4
5. C. Patterson 2013 Min 43 1,393 32.4 110 2
6. A. Woodson 1963 SF 29 935 32.2 104 3
7. C. Patterson 2015 Min 32 1,019 31.8 102 2
8. G. Ballman 1963 Pit 22 698 31.7 93 1
9. C. Patterson 2016 Min 25 792 31.7 104 1
10. J. McKnight 2011 NYJ 34 1,073 31.6 108 1
11. G. Sayers 1965 Chi 21 660 31.4 96t 1
12. A. Woodson 1962 SF 37 1,157 31.3 79 0
13. A. Jones 2014 Cin 27 844 31.3 97 0
14. G. Sayers 1966 Chi 23 718 31.2 93t 2
15. O. Matson 1952 ChiC 20 624 31.2 100 2
16. T. Metcalf 1974 Stl 20 623 31.1 94t 1
17. R. Clayborn 1977 NE 28 869 31.0 102 3
18. R. Smith 1972 Chi 30 924 30.8 94t 1
19. J. Jones 2012 Bal 38 1,167 30.7 108 2
20. A. Haymond 1965 Bal 20 614 30.7 53 0
21. B. Humphery 1984 NYJ 22 675 30.7 97t 1
22. J. Cribbs 2007 Cle 59 1,809 30.7 100 2
23. D. Harris 2013 Dal 28 857 30.6 90 0
24. J. Jones 2014 Bal 32 978 30.6 108 1
25. C. Patterson 2018 NE 20 610 30.5 95t 1
26. D. Bass 1961 LA 23 698 30.3 64 0
27. A. Davis 2007 Hou 32 968 30.2 104 3
  B. Jancik 1962 Hou 24 726 30.2 61 0
29. M. Bates 1996 Car 33 998 30.2 93t 1
30. T. McGee 2005 Buf 46 1,391 30.2 99t 1
31. J. Counts 1962 NYG 26 784 30.2 90t 1
32. Q. Demps 2013 KC 33 992 30.1 95t 1
33. M. Renfro 1965 Dal 21 630 30.0 100 1
34. W. Francis 1973 Buf 23 687 29.9 102 2
35. H. Adderley 1963 GB 20 597 29.9 98t 1
36. T. Horne 1999 Stl 30 892 29.7 102 2
37. D. Manning 2008 Chi 36 1,070 29.7 83t 1
38. T. Williams 1971 LA 25 743 29.7 106 1
39. M. Nelms 1981 Was 37 1,099 29.7 84 0
40. J. Arenas 1956 SF 27 801 29.7 96 1
41. C. Shannon 1963 LA 28 823 29.4 99t 1
42. D. James 1961 Was 21 617 29.4 48 0
43. D. Reed 2010 Bal 21 616 29.3 104 1
44. B. Jancik 1963 Hou 45 1,317 29.3 53 0
45. L. Jones 1974 Was 23 672 29.2 102 1
46. A. Haymond 1970 LA 35 1,022 29.2 98t 1
47. A. Nelson 1972 Phi 25 728 29.1 78 0
48. A. Abdullah 2015 Det 37 1,077 29.1 104 0
49. C. Smith 2009 TB 31 902 29.1 83 0
50. B. Laird 1972 Bal 29 843 29.1 73 0