New England Patriots Single Season Defensive Leaders

Ranked by Interception Return Average

The following are the New England Patriots single season defensive leaders ranked by interception return average. Included are player stats for the New England Patriots (NFL) from 1971-2020, the Boston Patriots (NFL) in 1970 and the Boston Patriots (AFL) from 1960-1969. Only stats for Regular Season Games have been included. Bob Suci is the New England Patriots single season leader in interception return average with 39.57.

Players active with the New England Patriots during the 2019 NFL season are listed in bold.

Leaders based on 4 interceptions

      Interceptions
Player Season Team Num Yds Avg Lg TD
  B. Suci 1963 Bos 7 277 39.6 98t 2
  P. McCray 1976 NE 5 182 36.4 63t 2
  O. Smith 2001 NE 5 181 36.2 78t 2
  H. Jackson 1972 NE 4 133 33.2 55 0
  D. Webb 1961 Bos 5 153 30.6 59 2
  B. Meriweather 2009 NE 5 149 29.8 56 1
  L. Carwell 1969 Bos 4 114 28.5 38 0
  F. Marion 1985 NE 7 189 27.0 83 0
  R. Hall 1966 Bos 6 159 26.5 87 0
  R. Lippett 1990 NE 4 94 23.5 73 0
  D. Webb 1967 Bos 4 91 22.8 41 0
  T. Wilson 2012 NE 4 87 21.8 45 0
  S. Gilmore 2019 NE 6 126 21.0 64t 2
  S. Nelson 1978 NE 5 104 20.8 37 0
  M. Haynes 1978 NE 6 123 20.5 50 1
  R. James 1983 NE 5 99 19.8 46 0
  T. Law 2003 NE 6 112 18.7 65t 1
  W. Clay 1997 NE 6 109 18.2 53t 1
  R. Clayborn 1978 NE 4 72 18.0 44 0
  R. Clayborn 1980 NE 5 87 17.4 29 0
  G. Cappelletti 1960 Bos 4 68 17.0 27 0
  R. O'Hanley 1962 Bos 5 83 16.6 28 0
  T. Hennessey 1966 Bos 6 99 16.5 33 0
  L. Ryan 2013 NE 5 82 16.4 79t 1
  R. Clayborn 1988 NE 4 65 16.2 31 0
  D. McCourty 2010 NE 7 110 15.7 50 0
  M. Hurst 1990 NE 4 61 15.2 36 0
  P. McCray 1977 NE 4 61 15.2 48 0
  N. Buoniconti 1964 Bos 5 75 15.0 26 0
  A. Samuel 2007 NE 6 89 14.8 42 1
  T. Law 1998 NE 9 133 14.8 59t 1
  D. Felt 1962 Bos 5 73 14.6 22 0
  L. Carwell 1971 NE 5 72 14.4 53t 1
  T. Poole 2003 NE 6 81 13.5 44 0
  R. Hall 1964 Bos 11 148 13.5 50 0
  R. Clayborn 1985 NE 6 80 13.3 38 1
  M. Hurst 1993 NE 4 53 13.2 24 0
  F. Marion 1987 NE 4 53 13.2 25 0
  K. Arrington 2011 NE 7 92 13.1 28 0
  R. James 1985 NE 4 51 12.8 39 0
  E. Wilson 2004 NE 4 51 12.8 24 0
  T. Buckley 2002 NE 4 50 12.5 39 0
  W. Clay 1996 NE 4 50 12.5 35 0
  L. Bodden 2009 NE 5 60 12.0 53t 1
  A. Samuel 2006 NE 10 120 12.0 33 0
  F. Marion 1988 NE 4 47 11.8 22 0
  J. Charles 1969 Bos 4 46 11.5 25t 1
  D. Sanders 1974 NE 5 57 11.4 23t 1
  M. Haynes 1976 NE 8 90 11.2 28 0
  C. Washington 1961 Bos 4 45 11.2 33 0