NFL Yearly Leaders - Kickoff Return Yards

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

      Kickoff Returns
Year Player Team Num Yds Avg Lg TD
2018 J. Grant Mia 11 378 34.4 102 1
2017 T. Lockett Sea 37 949 25.6 99t 1
2016 A. Erickson Cin 29 810 27.9 84 0
2015 A. Abdullah Det 37 1,077 29.1 104 0
2014 D. Hester Atl 45 1,128 25.1 66 0
2013 D. Hester Chi 52 1,436 27.6 80 0
2012 D. Wilson NYG 57 1,533 26.9 97t 1
2011 B. Banks Was 51 1,174 23.0 47 0
2010 L. Stephens-Howling Ari 57 1,548 27.2 102 2
2009 D. Amendola Stl 66 1,618 24.5 58 0
2008 J. Wilson Sea 69 1,753 25.4 61 0
2007 J. Cribbs Cle 59 1,809 30.7 100 2
2006 C. Carr Oak 69 1,762 25.5 50 0
2005 C. Carr Oak 73 1,752 24.0 62 0
2004 D. Hall KC 68 1,718 25.3 97t 2
2003 J. Scobey Ari 73 1,684 23.1 100 1
2002 M. Lewis NO 70 1,807 25.8 97t 2
2001 R. Jenkins SD 58 1,541 26.6 93t 2
2000 M. Jenkins Ari 82 2,186 26.7 98t 1
1999 B. Marion Mia 62 1,524 24.6 93 0
1998 G. Milburn Chi 62 1,550 25.0 94t 2
1997 K. Williams Ari 59 1,458 24.7 63 0
1996 T. Hughes NO 70 1,791 25.6 58 0
1995 T. Hughes NO 66 1,617 24.5 83 0
1994 T. Hughes NO 63 1,556 24.7 98t 2
1993 C. Verdin Ind 50 1,050 21.0 38 0
1992 D. Sanders Atl 40 1,067 26.7 99t 2
1991 M. Gray Det 36 929 25.8 71 0
1990 E. Metcalf Cle 52 1,052 20.2 102 2
1989 J. Dixon Dal 47 1,181 25.1 97t 1
1988 T. Brown LAR 41 1,098 26.8 97t 1
1987 P. Palmer KC 38 923 24.3 95t 2
1986 H. Hunter Det 49 1,007 20.6 54 0
  T. McGee Cin 43 1,007 23.4 94 0
1985 B. Rhymes Min 53 1,345 25.4 88 0
1984 L. James SD 43 959 22.3 55 0
1983 F. Walker Mia 36 962 26.7 78 0
1982 J. Brooks SD 33 749 22.7 47 0
1981 S. Mitchell Stl 55 1,292 23.5 67 0
1980 E. Payton Min 53 1,184 22.3 59 0
1979 B. Harper NYJ 55 1,158 21.1 52 0
1978 B. Harper NYJ 55 1,280 23.3 40 0
1977 B. Harper NYJ 42 1,035 24.6 60 0
1976 W. Shelby Cin 30 761 25.4 97t 1
1975 L. Jones Was 47 1,086 23.1 44 0
1974 L. Piccone NYJ 39 961 24.6 46 0
1973 M. Herron NE 41 1,092 26.6 92t 1
1972 M. Adkins NO 43 1,020 23.7 61 0
1971 D. Hampton GB 46 1,314 28.6 90t 1
1970 A. Haymond LA 35 1,022 29.2 98t 1
1969 M. Morris (AFL) Mia 43 1,136 26.4 106 1
  B. Scott (NFL) Cle 25 722 28.9 65 0
1968 M. Anderson (AFL) Buf 39 971 24.9 100 1
  C. Latourette (NFL) Stl 46 1,237 26.9 75 0
1967 N. Smith (AFL) KC 41 1,148 28.0 106 1
  R. Smith (NFL) Atl 39 976 25.0 99t 1
1966 B. Jancik (AFL) Hou 34 875 25.7 53 0
  R. Smith (NFL) Atl 43 1,013 23.6 80 0
1965 A. Haynes (AFL) Den 34 901 26.5 60 0
  K. Alexander (NFL) SF 32 741 23.2 46 0
1964 O. Barry (AFL) Den 47 1,245 26.5 60 0
  M. Renfro (NFL) Dal 40 1,017 25.4 65 0
1963 B. Jancik (AFL) Hou 45 1,317 29.3 53 0
  T. Brown (NFL) Phi 33 945 28.6 100 1
1962 D. Christy (AFL) NYT 38 824 21.7 43 0
  A. Woodson (NFL) SF 37 1,157 31.3 79 0
1961 F. Jackson (AFL) DalT 24 645 26.9 53 0
  T. Brown (NFL) Phi 29 811 28.0 106 1
1960 L. Burton (AFL) NYT 30 862 28.7 102 2
  T. Dean (NFL) Phi 26 533 20.5 30 0
1959 L. Lyles SF 25 565 22.6 46 0
1958 J. Sears ChiC 32 756 23.6 50 0
1957 A. Carmichael GB 31 690 22.3 33 0
1956 A. Carmichael GB 33 927 28.1 106 1
1955 S. Watson Pit 27 716 26.5 49 0
1954 W. Lewis LA 34 836 24.6 88t 1
1953 W. Lewis LA 32 830 25.9 69 0
1952 B. Young DalT 23 643 28.0 63 0
1951 G. Taliaferro NYY 27 622 23.0 47 0
1950 V. Smith LA 22 742 33.7 97t 3