Detroit Lions Career Punt Return Leaders

Ranked by Punt Returns

The following are the Detroit Lions career punt return leaders ranked by punt returns. Included are player stats for the Detroit Lions (NFL) from 1934-2020 and the Portsmouth Spartans (NFL) from 1930-1933. Only stats for Regular Season Games have been included. Lem Barney is the Detroit Lions career leader in punt returns with 143.

Players active with the Detroit Lions during the 2019 NFL season are listed in bold.

      Punt Returns
Player Gms Num Yds Avg Lg TD
1. L. Barney 140 143 1,312 9.2 74t 2
  P. Mandley 74 143 1,360 9.5 81t 2
3. M. Gray 84 132 1,427 10.8 78t 2
4. Y. Lary 133 126 758 6.0 74t 3
5. R. Martin 49 118 1,118 9.5 81t 2
6. E. Drummond 52 108 1,058 9.8 83t 4
7. S. Logan 48 100 963 9.6 71 0
8. T. Watkins 64 94 970 10.3 90t 3
9. J. Christiansen 89 85 1,084 12.8 89t 8
10. G. Milburn 32 81 717 8.9 40 0
11. D. Howard 41 68 821 12.1 95t 2
12. J. Agnew 32 60 679 11.3 88t 3
13. P. Studstill 77 59 716 12.1 44 0
14. T. Barr 102 50 262 5.2 39 0
15. J. Arnold 17 47 368 7.8 27 0
  T. Fair 51 47 338 7.2 36 0
  J. Ross 26 47 527 11.2 58t 1
18. D. Jauron 58 40 405 10.1 58 0
19. R. Swinton 24 39 422 10.8 89t 1
20. W. Stanley 14 36 496 13.8 74 0
21. H. Cassady 74 35 292 8.3 34 0
22. T. Vaughn 88 33 298 9.0 63 0
23. W. Triplett 18 32 375 11.7 62t 1
24. C. West 54 31 260 8.4 43 0
25. B. Dudley 28 30 448 14.9 84t 2
26. E. Girard 56 29 140 4.8 41 0
27. J. Steffen 28 28 178 6.4 29 0
28. E. Payton 8 27 273 10.1 87t 1
  R. Williams 6 27 259 9.6 53 0
30. K. Jenkins 26 24 231 9.6 43 0
  G. Tate 71 24 187 7.8 23 0
32. V. Turner 13 23 191 8.3 53 0
33. D. Northcutt 16 22 189 8.6 43 0
  D. Ryan 22 22 277 12.6 58 0
  F. Sinkwich 20 22 376 17.1 77 0
  M. Spurlock 10 22 145 6.6 57 0
37. T. Jones 42 21 193 9.2 28 0
  L. Walton 95 21 63 3.0 25 0
39. A. Roberts 16 20 246 12.3 85t 2
40. A. Hakim 42 19 233 12.3 72t 1
  W. White 22 19 262 13.8 64 0
42. I. Uwaezuoke 10 18 150 8.3 20 0
  D. Walker 67 18 284 15.8 70t 1
44. J. Thompson 22 16 161 10.1 35 0
  J. Watt 20 16 202 12.6 18 0
46. D. Doll 47 15 162 10.8 21 0
  A. Hall 76 15 139 9.3 66 0
  T. Walters 13 15 118 7.9 18 0
49. L. Riley 12 14 107 7.6 20 0
50. J. Robinson 14 13 185 14.2 79t 1