Greatest NFL Kick / Punt Returners


The Top Ten

1 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.

Hester Baby

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2 Deion Sanders Deion Sanders Deion Luywnn Sanders, Sr. is a former American football and former American baseball player, who works as an analyst for CBS Sports and the NFL Network.

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

go dalles

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3 Joshua 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!

He's the best

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4 DeSean Jackson DeSean Jackson DeSean William Jackson, nicknamed "D-Jax", is an American football wide receiver and return specialist for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. more.

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

I know right! No one expected that to happen and you will have haters dislike your good comment too - Sabbath

When he jukes one guy he's gone

Miracle in the medalands

Edelman is better

5 Billy 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 BEST of all time, especially considering his height!

Whiteshoes was good, but you left out Rick Upchurch, he was just as good. You pchurch retired as the all time yardage leader!

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6 Leon Washington

Nice he plays for seahawks AWESOME

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

7 Dante 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

The Best

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8 Patrick Peterson Patrick Peterson Patrick Peterson is an American football cornerback and return specialist for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League.

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.

9 Darren Sproles Darren Sproles Darren Lee Sproles is an American football running back for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.

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

He's on the Eagles 3 most punt returns ever what do you say about that

Every year we see this guy with incredible returns

Fastest guy on the field easy

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10 Desmond Howard Desmond Howard Desmond Kevin Howard is a former National Football League player. Howard was known mostly as a return specialist but also played wide receiver.

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

Smallest packer biggest hero

The Contenders

11 Reggie Bush Reggie Bush Reginald Alfred "Reggie" Bush Jr. is an American football running back who is currently on the Buffalo Bills roster.
12 Brian 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 around player. Special teams get ignored in Hall of Fame ballots most of the time. Brian Mitchell should be in the Hall of Fame eventually because of his versatility,character and overall stats.

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

Stats don't lie.

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13 Roscoe Parrish

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

14 West Welker

WES Welker

Go Broncos

15 Mel Gray

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

Mel Gray of the Detroit Lions should be #1

16 Michael Lewis

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

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17 Gayle 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.

Gale Sayers only played for about six seasons, but he was one heck of a return man.

Two Chicago players are top tens man whats up New York Chicagos coming back

18 Vai 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

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19 Jack Christiansen

Holds the record for most punt returner for a rookie and made it to the hall of fame in 1970.

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20 Andre 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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3. Devin Hester
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2. Deion Sanders
3. DeSean Jackson
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