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NFL Punt Returns

Category: Football

  • Most punt returns, season: 70, Danny Reece, 1979
  • Most punt returns, career: 463, Brian Mitchell, 1990–2003
  Game(s)
1 Most punt returns, game: 11, Eddie Brown on October 9, 1977
2 Most fair catches, game: 7; Bake Turner on November 20, 1966, Lem Barney on November 21, 1976, Bobby Morse on December 27, 1967 and Chris Carr on November 16, 2008
3 Most yards gained, game: 207, LeRoy Irvin on October 11, 1981
4 Longest punt return: 103, Robert Bailey on October 23, 1994
5 Highest average yardage, game (minimum 3 returns): 53.33, Darius Reynaud on December 30, 2012
6 Most punts returned for touchdown, game: 2, 16 times by 13 players, most recently Darius Reynaud on December 30, 2012
7 Most games with two or more punts returned for touchdowns: 2; Jack Christiansen October 14, 1951 and November 22, 1951; Eric Metcalf October 24, 1993 and November 2, 1997; Jermaine Lewis December 7, 1997 and December 24, 2000[1]:s-19
 
  Season(s)
1 Most seasons leading league in number of punt returns: 3, Les "Speedy" Duncan, 1965–66, 1971; Rick Upchurch, 1976, 1978, 1982
2 Most punt returns, season: 70, Danny Reece, 1979
3 Most punt returns, rookie, season: 57, Lew Barnes, 1986
4 Most fair catches, season: 36, Jeremy Kerley, 2012
5 Most seasons leading league: 3, Alvin Haymond, 1965–66, 1969
6 Most yards gained, season: 875, Desmond Howard, 1996
7 Most yards gained, rookie, season: 699, Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals, 2011
8 Highest average yardage, season (among qualified players): 23.00, Herb Rich, 1950
9 Highest average yardage, highest average, season, rookie (among qualified players): 23.00, Herb Rich, 1950
10 Most punts returned for touchdown, season: 4; Jack Christiansen, 1951; Rick Upchurch, 1976; Devin Hester, 2007; Patrick Peterson, 2011
11 Most punts returned for touchdown, rookie, season: 4, Jack Christiansen, 1951; Patrick Peterson, 2011
 
  Career
1 Most punt returns, career: 463, Brian Mitchell, 1990–2003
2 Most fair catches, career: 231, Brian Mitchell, 1990–2003
3 Most yards gained, career: 4,999, Brian Mitchell, 1990–2003
4 Highest average yardage, career (minimum 75 returns): 12.78 (112 returns for 1,431 yards), George McAfee, 1940–1950
5 Most punts returned for touchdown, career: 14, Devin Hester, Chicago Bears, 2006–2013, Atlanta Falcons, 2014–2015
  • Last Update: Jan 22, 2021
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