Detroit Lions Career Punt Return Leaders

Ranked by Punt Return Yards

The following are the Detroit Lions career punt return leaders ranked by punt return yards. 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. Mel Gray is the Detroit Lions career leader in punt return yards with 1,427.

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. M. Gray 84 132 1,427 10.8 78t 2
2. P. Mandley 74 143 1,360 9.5 81t 2
3. L. Barney 140 143 1,312 9.2 74t 2
4. R. Martin 49 118 1,118 9.5 81t 2
5. J. Christiansen 89 85 1,084 12.8 89t 8
6. E. Drummond 52 108 1,058 9.8 83t 4
7. T. Watkins 64 94 970 10.3 90t 3
8. S. Logan 48 100 963 9.6 71 0
9. D. Howard 41 68 821 12.1 95t 2
10. Y. Lary 133 126 758 6.0 74t 3
11. G. Milburn 32 81 717 8.9 40 0
12. P. Studstill 77 59 716 12.1 44 0
13. J. Agnew 32 60 679 11.3 88t 3
14. J. Ross 26 47 527 11.2 58t 1
15. W. Stanley 14 36 496 13.8 74 0
16. B. Dudley 28 30 448 14.9 84t 2
17. R. Swinton 24 39 422 10.8 89t 1
18. D. Jauron 58 40 405 10.1 58 0
19. F. Sinkwich 20 22 376 17.1 77 0
20. W. Triplett 18 32 375 11.7 62t 1
21. J. Arnold 17 47 368 7.8 27 0
22. T. Fair 51 47 338 7.2 36 0
23. T. Vaughn 88 33 298 9.0 63 0
24. H. Cassady 74 35 292 8.3 34 0
25. D. Walker 67 18 284 15.8 70t 1
26. D. Ryan 22 22 277 12.6 58 0
27. E. Payton 8 27 273 10.1 87t 1
28. T. Barr 102 50 262 5.2 39 0
  W. White 22 19 262 13.8 64 0
30. C. West 54 31 260 8.4 43 0
31. R. Williams 6 27 259 9.6 53 0
32. A. Roberts 16 20 246 12.3 85t 2
33. A. Hakim 42 19 233 12.3 72t 1
34. K. Jenkins 26 24 231 9.6 43 0
35. J. Watt 20 16 202 12.6 18 0
36. T. Jones 42 21 193 9.2 28 0
37. V. Turner 13 23 191 8.3 53 0
38. D. Northcutt 16 22 189 8.6 43 0
39. G. Tate 71 24 187 7.8 23 0
40. J. Robinson 14 13 185 14.2 79t 1
41. J. Steffen 28 28 178 6.4 29 0
42. D. Doll 47 15 162 10.8 21 0
43. J. Thompson 22 16 161 10.1 35 0
44. I. Uwaezuoke 10 18 150 8.3 20 0
45. M. Spurlock 10 22 145 6.6 57 0
46. E. Girard 56 29 140 4.8 41 0
47. A. Hall 76 15 139 9.3 66 0
48. L. Thompson 175 12 136 11.3 31 0
49. C. Self 24 12 129 10.8 29 0
50. B. Keene 16 7 128 18.3 25 0