NFL Yearly Leaders - Kickoff Return Average

The following is a list of the NFL yearly kickoff return leaders ranked by kickoff return average. Statistics are current through the 2017 NFL season and include stats accrued in NFL, AFL and APFA games.

Leaders based on 20 kickoff returns

      Kickoff Returns
Year Player Team Num Yds Avg Lg TD
2017 P. Cooper LA 34 932 27.4 104 1
2016 C. Patterson Min 25 792 31.7 104 1
2015 C. Patterson Min 32 1,019 31.8 102 2
2014 A. Jones Cin 27 844 31.3 97 0
2013 C. Patterson Min 43 1,393 32.4 110 2
2012 J. Jones Bal 38 1,167 30.7 108 2
2011 J. McKnight NYJ 34 1,073 31.6 108 1
2010 D. Reed Bal 21 616 29.3 104 1
2009 C. Smith TB 31 902 29.1 83 0
2008 D. Manning Chi 36 1,070 29.7 83t 1
2007 J. Cribbs Cle 59 1,809 30.7 100 2
2006 J. Miller NYJ 46 1,304 28.3 104 2
2005 T. McGee Buf 46 1,391 30.2 99t 1
2004 W. Ponder NYG 36 967 26.9 91t 1
2003 J. Azumah Chi 41 1,191 29.0 89t 2
2002 M. Jenkins Ari 20 559 27.9 95t 1
2001 R. Jenkins SD 58 1,541 26.6 93t 2
2000 D. Vaughn Atl 39 1,082 27.7 100 3
1999 T. Horne Stl 30 892 29.7 102 2
1998 T. Fair Det 51 1,428 28.0 106 2
1997 M. Bates Car 47 1,281 27.3 56 0
1996 M. Bates Car 33 998 30.2 93t 1
1995 R. Carpenter NYJ 20 553 27.6 58 0
1994 M. Gray Det 45 1,276 28.4 102 3
1993 R. Brooks GB 23 611 26.6 95t 1
1992 J. Vaughn NE 20 564 28.2 100 1
1991 M. Gray Det 36 929 25.8 71 0
1990 K. Clark Den 20 505 25.2 75 0
1989 R. Woodson Pit 36 982 27.3 84t 1
1988 T. Brown LAR 41 1,098 26.8 97t 1
1987 S. Stamps Atl 24 660 27.5 97t 1
1986 D. Gentry Chi 20 576 28.8 91t 1
1985 R. Brown LA 28 918 32.8 98t 3
1984 B. Humphery NYJ 22 675 30.7 97t 1
1983 F. Walker Mia 36 962 26.7 78 0
1982 M. Nelms Was 23 557 24.2 58 0
1981 M. Nelms Was 37 1,099 29.7 84 0
1980 H. Ivory NE 36 992 27.6 98t 1
1979 J. Edwards Min 44 1,103 25.1 83 0
1978 S. Odom GB 25 677 27.1 95t 1
1977 R. Clayborn NE 28 869 31.0 102 3
1976 L. Williams KC 25 688 27.5 64 0
1975 A. Carter NE 32 879 27.5 99t 1
1974 T. Metcalf Stl 20 623 31.1 94t 1
1973 W. Francis Buf 23 687 29.9 102 2
1972 R. Smith Chi 30 924 30.8 94t 1
1971 T. Williams LA 25 743 29.7 106 1
1970 J. Duncan Bal 20 707 35.4 99t 1
1969 C. Garrett (AFL) Bos 28 792 28.3 63 0
  B. Scott (NFL) Cle 25 722 28.9 65 0
1968 G. Atkinson (AFL) Oak 32 802 25.1 60 0
  R. Smith (NFL) LA 26 718 27.6 94t 1
1967 N. Smith (AFL) KC 41 1,148 28.0 106 1
  D. Cunningham (NFL) SF 31 826 26.6 94 0
1966 B. Jancik (AFL) Hou 34 875 25.7 53 0
  G. Sayers (NFL) Chi 23 718 31.2 93t 2
1965 A. Haynes (AFL) Den 34 901 26.5 60 0
  G. Sayers (NFL) Chi 21 660 31.4 96t 1
1964 B. Roberson (AFL) Oak 36 975 27.1 59 0
  C. Childs (NFL) NYG 34 987 29.0 100 1
1963 B. Jancik (AFL) Hou 45 1,317 29.3 53 0
  A. Woodson (NFL) SF 29 935 32.2 104 3
1962 B. Jancik (AFL) Hou 24 726 30.2 61 0
  A. Woodson (NFL) SF 37 1,157 31.3 79 0
1961 F. Jackson (AFL) DalT 24 645 26.9 53 0
  D. Bass (NFL) LA 23 698 30.3 64 0
1960 L. Burton (AFL) NYT 30 862 28.7 102 2
  B. Stits (NFL) NYG 20 486 24.3 39 0
1959 L. Lyles SF 25 565 22.6 46 0
1958 A. Carmichael GB 29 700 24.1 60 0
1957 J. Arenas SF 24 657 27.4 64 0
1956 J. Arenas SF 27 801 29.7 96 1
1955 J. Scudero Was 25 699 28.0 94t 1
1954 L. Goble ChiC 27 749 27.7 94t 2
1953 L. Chandnois Pit 21 610 29.0 93t 1
1952 O. Matson ChiC 20 624 31.2 100 2
1951 D. Moselle GB 20 547 27.4 44 0
1950 V. Smith LA 22 742 33.7 97t 3