Chicago Bears Single Season Kickoff Return Leaders

Ranked by Kickoff Return Average

The following are the Chicago Bears single season kickoff return leaders ranked by kickoff return average. Included are player stats for the Chicago Bears (NFL) from 1922-2020, the Chicago Staleys (APFA) in 1921 and the Decatur Staleys (APFA) in 1920. Only stats for Regular Season Games have been included. Cecil Turner is the Chicago Bears single season leader in kickoff return average with 32.70.

Players active with the Chicago Bears during the 2019 NFL season are listed in bold.

Leaders based on 20 kickoff returns

      Kickoff Returns
Player Season Team Num Yds Avg Lg TD
  C. Turner 1970 Chi 23 752 32.7 96t 4
  G. Sayers 1965 Chi 21 660 31.4 96t 1
  G. Sayers 1966 Chi 23 718 31.2 93t 2
  R. Smith 1972 Chi 30 924 30.8 94t 1
  D. Manning 2008 Chi 36 1,070 29.7 83t 1
  C. Patterson 2019 Chi 28 825 29.5 102 1
  J. Azumah 2003 Chi 41 1,191 29.0 89t 2
  J. Knox 2009 Chi 32 927 29.0 102 1
  D. Gentry 1986 Chi 20 576 28.8 91t 1
  D. Hester 2013 Chi 52 1,436 27.6 80 0
  C. Bivins 1961 Chi 25 668 26.7 78 0
  D. Manning 2009 Chi 28 744 26.6 59 0
  D. Hester 2006 Chi 20 528 26.4 96t 2
  W. Gault 1985 Chi 22 577 26.2 99t 1
  B. Baschnagel 1976 Chi 29 754 26.0 48 0
  D. Hester 2012 Chi 24 621 25.9 40 0
  K. Grandberry 1974 Chi 22 568 25.8 69 0
  R. Smith 1971 Chi 26 671 25.8 41 0
  M. Mariani 2014 Chi 20 510 25.5 67 0
  G. Milburn 1998 Chi 62 1,550 25.0 94t 2
  N. Lewis 1994 Chi 35 874 25.0 55 0
  D. Gentry 1987 Chi 25 621 24.8 88t 1
  D. Manning 2010 Chi 33 816 24.7 62 0
  D. Williams 1980 Chi 27 666 24.7 95t 1
  B. Baschnagel 1977 Chi 23 557 24.2 84t 1
  C. Williams 2014 Chi 24 579 24.1 102 1
  D. Gentry 1989 Chi 28 667 23.8 63 0
  R. Drzewiecki 1955 Chi 25 591 23.6 56 0
  I. Hill 1973 Chi 27 637 23.6 95t 1
  R. Davis 2006 Chi 32 753 23.5 42 0
  T. Hughes 1997 Chi 43 1,008 23.4 58 0
  G. Milburn 1999 Chi 61 1,426 23.4 93 0
  G. Milburn 2000 Chi 63 1,468 23.3 38 0
  R. Smith 1970 Chi 28 651 23.2 46 0
  A. Denson 2001 Chi 23 534 23.2 37 0
  B. Engram 1996 Chi 25 580 23.2 45 0
  D. Thompson 2016 Chi 35 804 23.0 64 0
  J. Jackson 1996 Chi 27 619 22.9 60 0
  A. Merritt 2002 Chi 45 1,029 22.9 63 0
  B. Baschnagel 1978 Chi 20 455 22.8 36 0
  T. Cohen 2017 Chi 26 583 22.4 46 0
  B. Martin 1964 Chi 24 534 22.2 36 0
  D. Lewis 1992 Chi 23 511 22.2 97t 1
  J. Azumah 2005 Chi 32 705 22.0 40 0
  J. Azumah 2004 Chi 42 924 22.0 73 0
  D. Hester 2011 Chi 33 723 21.9 98t 1
  D. Hester 2008 Chi 31 679 21.9 51 0
  D. Hester 2007 Chi 43 934 21.7 97t 2
  N. Lewis 1995 Chi 42 904 21.5 52 0
  C. Conway 1993 Chi 21 450 21.4 55 0