NFL Yearly Leaders - Punt Return Average

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

Leaders based on 20 punt returns

      Punt Returns
Year Player Team Num Yds Avg Lg TD
2017 J. Agnew Det 29 447 15.4 88t 2
2016 T. Hill KC 39 592 15.2 95t 2
2015 D. Amendola NE 23 276 12.0 82 0
2014 D. Sproles Phi 39 506 13.0 82t 2
2013 T. Doss Bal 23 359 15.6 82t 1
2012 L. McKelvin Buf 23 431 18.7 88t 2
2011 D. Hester Chi 28 454 16.2 82t 2
2010 D. Hester Chi 33 564 17.1 89t 3
2009 D. Jackson Phi 29 441 15.2 85t 2
2008 R. Parrish Buf 21 322 15.3 63t 1
2007 R. Parrish Buf 27 440 16.3 74t 1
2006 A. Jones Ten 34 440 12.9 90t 3
2005 R. Mahe Phi 21 269 12.8 44 0
2004 E. Drummond Det 24 316 13.2 83t 2
2003 D. Hall KC 29 472 16.3 93t 2
2002 J. Williams SF 20 336 16.8 89t 1
2001 T. Brown NE 29 413 14.2 85t 2
2000 J. Lewis Bal 36 578 16.1 89t 2
1999 C. Rogers Sea 22 318 14.5 94t 1
1998 D. Sanders Dal 24 375 15.6 69t 2
1997 J. Lewis Bal 28 437 15.6 89t 2
1996 D. Howard GB 58 875 15.1 92t 3
1995 D. Palmer Min 26 342 13.2 74t 1
1994 B. Mitchell Was 32 452 14.1 78t 2
1993 T. Hughes NO 37 503 13.6 83t 2
1992 J. Bailey Pho 20 263 13.2 65 0
1991 M. Gray Det 25 385 15.4 78t 1
1990 C. Verdin Ind 31 396 12.8 36 0
1989 W. Stanley Det 36 496 13.8 74 0
1988 J. Taylor SF 44 556 12.6 95t 2
1987 M. Gray NO 24 352 14.7 80 0
1986 B. Edmonds Sea 34 419 12.3 75t 1
1985 I. Fryar NE 37 520 14.1 85t 2
1984 M. Martin Cin 24 376 15.7 55 0
1983 K. Springs NYJ 23 287 12.5 76t 1
1982 B. Johnson Atl 24 273 11.4 71 0
1981 L. Irvin LA 46 615 13.4 84t 3
1980 J. Smith KC 40 581 14.5 75t 2
1979 T. Nathan Mia 28 306 10.9 86t 1
1978 R. Upchurch Den 36 493 13.7 75t 1
1977 B. Johnson Hou 35 539 15.4 87t 2
1976 R. Upchurch Den 39 536 13.7 92t 4
1975 B. Johnson Hou 40 612 15.3 83t 3
1974 M. Herron NE 35 517 14.8 66 0
1973 R. Smith SD 27 352 13.0 84t 2
1972 R. McGill SF 22 219 10.0 33 0
1971 S. Duncan Was 22 233 10.6 33 0
1970 E. Podolak KC 23 311 13.5 60 0
1969 B. Thompson (AFL) Den 25 288 11.5 40 0
  A. Haymond (NFL) LA 33 435 13.2 52 0
1968 G. Atkinson (AFL) Oak 36 490 13.6 86t 2
  C. Latourette (NFL) Stl 28 345 12.3 86t 1
1967 R. Bird (AFL) Oak 46 612 13.3 78 0
  B. Hayes (NFL) Dal 24 276 11.5 69t 1
1966 R. Bird (AFL) Oak 37 323 8.7 42 0
  J. Roland (NFL) Stl 20 221 11.1 86t 1
1965 S. Duncan (AFL) SD 30 464 15.5 66t 2
  R. Harris (NFL) Was 31 377 12.2 57t 1
1964 C. Gibson (AFL) Oak 29 419 14.4 58 0
  M. Renfro (NFL) Dal 32 418 13.1 69t 1
1963 C. Gibson (AFL) Oak 26 307 11.8 85 2
  T. Watkins (NFL) Det 32 399 12.5 90t 1
1962 B. Garner (AFL) Oak 20 162 8.1 25 0
  P. Studstill (NFL) Det 29 457 15.8 44 0
1961 F. Bruney (AFL) Bos 23 109 4.7 11 0
  J. Sample (NFL) Pit 26 283 10.9 55t 1
1959 B. Stacy ChiC 29 281 9.7 74t 2
1958 Y. Lary Det 27 196 7.3 71t 1
1957 A. Carmichael GB 25 190 7.6 48 0
1956 C. Taseff Bal 27 233 8.6 90t 1
1955 J. Scudero Was 25 241 9.6 49t 1
1954 V. Switzer GB 24 306 12.8 93t 1
1953 C. Trippi ChiC 21 239 11.4 38 0
1952 R. Mathews Pit 26 397 15.3 70t 2
1951 E. Tunnell NYG 34 489 14.4 81t 3
1950 B. Grimes GB 29 555 19.1 85 2