Greatest NFL Kick / Punt Returners


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The Top Ten

Devin Hester
For anyone to sit there and second guess who's number #1 knows nothing about football. Devin "THE WINDY CITY FLYER" Hester broke records in his first 4 years in the nfl. Compared to guys like Hall & Sanders who took 10 years to get where they were. Well Voters Devin did this in half the time they did! SO YES DEVIN HESTER IS #1
"Most of Dante kick returns came when the team needed him, not like Hester. "

While Hester has been there the Bears have not dominated opponents. In other words, they ALWAYS needed him to do something big. And Hester doesn't get kicked to any more than Dante (or any great return man) did.
I'm a patriots fan and the only player I want with us is Devin Hester he is young and very good every year he gets better if we had him we will have more points because of the great field positions so don't hate this guy.
[Newest]Man some people don't agree but Devin Hester is the best punt returner of all time

2Deion Sanders
I've got two words for you. The best! He was the first to bring true exitement to return game. The art of return was his specialty. The problem is he doesn't get enough credit because was so good at so many other positions.
Prime Time is the best returner of all time! He can return interceptions, punts, kicks anything you can think of he can return.
He's just the best

3Joshua Cribbs
Kick offs are more difficult to return than punts. The opponent has a running start at you, and more than likely, you are coming out of your own endzone, that's why I believe Cribbs is the best. Hester is amazing, but I would take Joshua's kick return ability first.


All-time kick returner for touchdown leader. He is way better than 5th!
Remember a little thing called the immaculate deception? Come on people!

4DeSean Jackson
He is the best player ever I think. And that one punt return with the Giants was epic

5Billy White Shoes Johnson
I went to collage with him saw him there and the NFL he was the BEST ever Collage and Pros
The Original Return Specialist.

6Dante Hall
I have to agree with the posts here... In particular, Hall always came through when his team needed him the most. Game changer. Don't kick the Ball to Dante Hall! He would've broken more records had teams actually done that. Hats off to the human joystick!
He got kicked to less and he did it with very little special teams help.. His returns weren't one cut and up the field returns, his returns where he should of been tackled 10 times but he juked the whole team returns.. He should be #1 hands down...
The most Explosive, elusive, and exciting kick returner since Sayers and "white shoes" Johnson
He's as good as Hester just not that popular

7Darren Sproles
Small but explosive, that guy got some serious speed and some nasty ankle breakers

8Leon Washington
He is the second best returner, just behind Hester. And Washington is now with the Tennessee Titans. The best team in NFL
Should be Top 10, he and Hester are tied for most kick/punt return TDs in NFL History.
Nice he plays for seahawks AWESOME

9Desmond Howard
I know he's not better than Hester or Sayers, but he's got a Super Bowl Ring and Super Bowl MVP and neither of those two can say that.
Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP as a kick/punt returner

10Patrick Peterson
Little known, but on his first year (2011-2012) he tied a record for most punt returns for touchdowns. He was also the only rookie in the 2012 pro bowl. This guy is going to be amazing next season.

The Contenders

11Roscoe Parrish
Are you kidding me?!? How is Roscoe not on this list right below Devin Hester?

12Brian Mitchell
He should be in the Hall of Fame. Only Jerry Rice has more All-Purpose Yards than Mitchell's 22,000. 19,000 of those yards are in the return game, where he also had 13 TDs. Only one other person has 15,000 return yards. Brian Mitchell is miles (literally) ahead of anyone in return yardage in the history of the NFL. Greatest returner ever. All-Time leader in punt and kick yards.
How in the world is deion sanders ahead of mitchell.. how is anybody ahead of mitchell the stats speak for themselves.. hester a great number 2 here
All-time in kick return and punt return yards. Can't argue with that.
Most yards all time, Dave megett number two all time. Neither on the list?

13West Welker

14Reggie Bush

15Mel Gray

16Michael Lewis
The guy never played in college and didn't catch punts until he got to the nfl

17Vai Sikahema
Pro bowler twice, goalpost punching champ.

18Jack Christiansen
Holds the record for most punt returner for a rookie and made it to the hall of fame in 1970.
It took 54 years just to get his record tied.
He is in the NFL Hall of Fame.

19Andre Davis
He may not be hester but considering the blocks he gets and what he does with them you gotta give him credit

20Eric Metcalf
P 10, considering he split time as a 3rd down back, best 633 yds and 1 x 1000K receiving seasons. He literally best teams himself. Ask Pittsburg. Better than Desmond Howard, who's a bit over-rated in my opinion. Metcalf belongs in the bottom half of the #10 list, worse case. 3 time pro-bowler, 2 x All-Pro makes my case.

21Teddy Ginn

22Jacoby Jones
Look what he did dis season and last did you see what he did
Why is he not on this list at #2!

23Cordarrelle Patterson
He's big and powerful but not only that he is fast and strong
Yeah he's a one season wonder, or it's just a sophomore slump. You can't deny his 109-Yd Kick-Off TD against Green Bay. He probably only has one good play this season, his run against a the Rams in week 1, but that's about it. His rookie season should be at least 5th to 15th
You put Patterson at 21 are you kidding me put him at #2 he had a really good returns last year and his season was awesome he might have been better then Devin Hester

24Ollie Matson

25Trindon Holliday
He played for Denver
How he not on here

26Percy Harvin

27Eddie Royal

28Jermaine Lewis

29Keenan Allen

30Dave Meggett
Second most punt return yards all time.

31Dexter McCluster
He's one of the best kick/punt returnes right now in NFL

32Tavon Austin

33Gayle Sayers
I saw Gayle Sayers play on TV when I was A kid. He was as a man against boys. In the rain and mud he was sensational. The guy didn't walk on water but he could sure run on mud.
two chicago players are top tens man whats up new york chicagos coming back
Gale Sayers only played for about six seasons, but he was one heck of a return man.

34Chris Carr

35B.J. Sams

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