Greatest NFL Kick / Punt Returners


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1Devin 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.

The best punt returner ever the great...

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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

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3Joshua Cribbs

All-time kick returner for touchdown leader. He is way better than 5th!

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. - FONZIEjacket61

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

He was the best and the most entertaining. Loved watching him return!

The Original Return Specialist.

6Leon Washington

Should be Top 10, he and Hester are tied for most kick/punt return TDs in NFL History.

He is the second best returner, just behind Hester. And Washington is now with the Tennessee Titans. The best team in NFL

Nice he plays for seahawks AWESOME

7Dante 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

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8Desmond 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

9Patrick 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.

10Darren Sproles

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

The Newcomers

?Antonio Brown

If you can't get by the punter, then kick him.

?Tyler Lockett
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The Contenders

11Reggie Bush
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.

All-time in kick return and punt return yards. Can't argue with that.

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

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13Mel Gray

Wow as fast as Barry with Barry like moves made that team a legit threat

14Roscoe Parrish

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

15Gayle 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.

16West Welker
17Michael Lewis

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

18Vai Sikahema

Vai is a bad man.. Nasty punt returner...Punch that goal post Vai he was the pioneer of the goal post punching bag celebration and he had a lot of chances to do it cause he was electric

Pro bowler twice, goalpost punching champ.

19Jack 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.

20Andre Davis

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

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Top Remixes

1. Devin Hester
2. Deion Sanders
3. DeSean Jackson
1. Deion Sanders
2. Joshua Cribbs
3. Devin Hester



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