HISTORY
Individual Records: Kickoff returnsRecords updated through the 2007 season
KICKOFF RETURNS
Most Seasons Leading League
3 Abe Woodson, San Francisco, 1959, 1962-63
2 Lynn Chandnois, Pittsburgh, 1951-52
Bobby Jancik, Houston 1962-63
Travis Williams, Green Bay, 1967; Los Angeles, 1971
Mel Gray, Detroit, 1991, 1994
Michael Bates, Carolina, 1996-97
Most Kickoff Returns, Career
607 Brian Mitchell, Washington, 1990-99; Philadelphia 2000-02; N.Y. Giants, 2003
459 Allen Rossum, Philadelphia, 1998-99; Green Bay, 2000-01, Atlanta, 2002-06, Pittsburgh, 2007
421 Mel Gray, New Orleans, 1986-88; Detroit, 1989-1994; Houston, 1995-96; Tennessee, 1997; Philadelphia, 1997
Most Kickoff Returns, Season
82 MarTay Jenkins, Arizona, 2000
73 Josh Scobey, Arizona, 2003
Chris Carr, Oakland, 2005
70 Tyrone Hughes, New Orleans, 1996
Michael Lewis, New Orleans, 2002
Most Kickoff Returns, Rookie, Season
73 Josh Scobey, Arizona, 2003
Chris Carr, Oakland, 2005
67 Ronney Jenkins, San Diego, 2000
64 Tab Perry, Cincinnati, 2005
Most Kickoff Returns, Game
10 Desmond Howard, Oakland vs. Seattle, Oct. 26, 1997
Richard Alston, Cleveland vs. Cincinnati, Nov. 28, 2004
9 Noland Smith, Kansas City vs. Oakland, Nov. 23, 1967
Dino Hall, Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh, Oct. 7, 1979
Paul Palmer, Kansas City vs. Seattle, Sept. 20, 1987
Eric Metcalf, Atlanta vs. San Francisco, Sept. 29, 1996; vs. St. Louis, Nov. 10, 1996
Michael Bates, Carolina vs. Atlanta, Oct. 4, 1998
Ahmad Merritt, Chicago vs. San Francisco, Sept. 7, 2003
Josh Scobey, Arizona vs. Cleveland, Nov. 16, 2003
Maurice Hicks, San Francisco vs. San Diego, Oct. 15. 2006
Aveion Cason, Detroit vs. San Diego, Dec. 16, 2007
8 By many players
YARDS GAINED
Most Seasons Leading League
3 Bruce Harper, N.Y. Jets, 1977-79
Tyrone Hughes, New Orleans, 1994-96
2 Marshall Goldberg, Chi. Cardinals, 1941-42
Woodley Lewis, Los Angeles, 1953-54
Al Carmichael, Green Bay, 1956-57
Timmy Brown, Philadelphia, 1961, 1963
Bobby Jancik, Houston, 1963, 1966
Ron Smith, Atlanta, 1966-67
Chris Carr, Oakland, 2005-06
Most Yards Gained, Career
14,014 Brian Mitchell, Washington, 1990-99; Philadelphia, 2000-02; N.Y. Giants, 2003
10,520 Allen Rossum, Philadelphia, 1998-99; Green Bay, 2000-01; Atlanta, 2002-06; Pittsburgh, 2007
10,250 Mel Gray, New Orleans, 1986-88; Detroit, 1989-1994; Houston, 1995-96; Tennessee, 1997; Philadelphia, 1997
Most Yards Gained, Season
2,186 MarTay Jenkins, Arizona, 2000
1,809 Josh Cribbs, Cleveland, 2007
1,807 Michael Lewis, New Orleans, 2002
Most Yards Gained, Rookie, Season
1,752 Chris Carr, Oakland, 2005
1,684 Josh Scobey, Arizona, 2003
1,577 Justin Miller, N.Y. Jets, 2005
Most Yards Gained, Game
304 Tyrone Hughes, New Orleans vs. L.A. Rams, Oct. 23, 1994
294 Wally Triplett, Detroit vs. Los Angeles, Oct. 29, 1950
278 Chad Morton, N.Y. Jets vs. Buffalo, Sept. 8, 2002 (OT)
Longest Kickoff Return (All TDs)
108 Ellis Hobbs, New England vs. N.Y. Jets, Sept. 9, 2007
106 Al Carmichael, Green Bay vs. Chi. Bears, Oct. 7, 1956
Noland Smith, Kansas City vs. Denver, Dec. 17, 1967
Roy Green, St. Louis vs. Dallas, Oct. 21, 1979
105 Frank Seno, Chi. Cardinals vs. N.Y. Giants, Oct. 20, 1946
Ollie Matson, Chi. Cardinals vs. Washington, Oct. 14, 1956
Abe Woodson, San Francisco vs. Los Angeles, Nov. 8, 1959
Timmy Brown, Philadelphia vs. Cleveland, Sept. 17, 1961
Jon Arnett, Los Angeles vs. Detroit, Oct. 29, 1961
Eugene (Mercury) Morris, Miami vs. Cincinnati, Sept. 14, 1969
Travis Williams, Los Angeles vs. New Orleans, Dec. 5, 1971
Terry Fair, Detroit vs. Tampa Bay, Sept. 28, 1998
AVERAGE YARDAGE
Highest Average, Career (75 returns)
30.56 Gale Sayers, Chicago, 1965-1971 (91-2,781)
29.57 Lynn Chandnois, Pittsburgh, 1950-56 (92-2,720)
28.69 Abe Woodson, San Francisco, 1958-1964; St. Louis, 1965-66 (193-5,538)
Highest Average, Season (Qualifiers)
41.06 Travis Williams, Green Bay, 1967 (18-739)
37.69 Gale Sayers, Chicago, 1967 (16-603)
35.50 Ollie Matson, Chi. Cardinals, 1958 (14-497)
Highest Average, Rookie, Season (Qualifiers)
41.06 Travis Williams, Green Bay, 1967 (18-739)
33.08 Tom Moore, Green Bay, 1960 (12-397)
32.88 Duriel Harris, Miami, 1976 (17-559)
Highest Average, Game (3 returns)
73.50 Wally Triplett, Detroit vs. Los Angeles, Oct. 29, 1950 (4-294)
67.33 Lenny Lyles, San Francisco vs. Baltimore, Dec. 18, 1960 (3-202)
65.33 Ken Hall, Houston vs. N.Y. Titans, Oct. 23, 1960 (3-196)
TOUCHDOWNS
Most Touchdowns, Career
6 Ollie Matson, Chi. Cardinals, 1952, 1954-58; L.A. Rams, 1959-1962; Detroit, 1963; Philadelphia, 1964
Gale Sayers, Chicago, 1965-1971
Travis Williams, Green Bay, 1967-1970; Los Angeles, 1971
Mel Gray, New Orleans, 1986-88; Detroit, 1989-1994; Houston, 1995-96; Tennessee, 1997; Philadelphia, 1997
Dante Hall, Kansas City, 2000-06, St. Louis, 2007
5 Bobby Mitchell, Cleveland, 1958-1961; Washington, 1962-68
Abe Woodson, San Francisco, 1958-1964; St. Louis, 1965-66
Timmy Brown, Green Bay, 1959; Philadelphia, 1960-67; Baltimore, 1968
Michael Bates, Seattle, 1993-94; Cleveland, 1995; Carolina, 1996-2000, 2002; Washington, 2001; N.Y. Jets, 2003; Dallas, 2003
Terrence McGee, Buffalo, 2003-07
4 Cecil Turner, Chicago, 1968-1973
Ron Brown, L.A. Rams, 1984-89, 1991; L.A. Raiders, 1990
Jon Vaughn, New England, 1991-92; Seattle, 1993-94; Kansas City, 1994
Andre Coleman, San Diego, 1994-96; Seattle, 1997; Pittsburgh, 1997-98
Tamarick Vanover, Kansas City, 1995-99
Tony Horne, St. Louis, 1998-2000
Brian Mitchell, Washington, 1990-99; Philadelphia 2000-02; N.Y. Giants, 2003
Darrick Vaughn, Atlanta, 2000-01; Houston, 2003
Josh Cribbs, Cleveland, 2005-07
Andre Davis, Cleveland, 2002-04; New England, 2005; Buffalo, 2006; Houston, 2007
Devin Hester, Chicago, 2006-07
Allen Rossum, Philadelphia, 1998-99; Green Bay, 2000-01; Atlanta, 2002-06; Pittsburgh, 2007
Most Touchdowns, Season
4 Travis Williams, Green Bay, 1967
Cecil Turner, Chicago, 1970
3 Verda (Vitamin T) Smith, Los Angeles, 1950
Abe Woodson, San Francisco, 1963
Gale Sayers, Chicago, 1967
Raymond Clayborn, New England, 1977
Ron Brown, L.A. Rams, 1985
Mel Gray, Detroit, 1994
Darrick Vaughn, Atlanta, 2000
Terrence McGee, Buffalo, 2004
Andre Davis, Houston, 2007
Leon Washington, N.Y. Jets, 2007
2 By many players
Most Touchdowns, Rookie, Season
4 Travis Williams, Green Bay, 1967
3 Raymond Clayborn, New England, 1977
Darrick Vaughn, Atlanta, 2000
2 By many players
Most Touchdowns, Game
2 Timmy Brown, Philadelphia vs. Dallas, Nov. 6, 1966
Travis Williams, Green Bay vs. Cleveland, Nov. 12, 1967
Ron Brown, L.A. Rams vs. Green Bay, Nov. 24, 1985
Tyrone Hughes, New Orleans vs. L.A. Rams, Oct. 23, 1994
Chad Morton, N.Y. Jets vs. Buffalo, Sept. 8, 2002 (OT)
Devin Hester, Chicago vs. St. Louis, Dec. 11, 2006
Andre Davis, Houston vs. Jacksonville, Dec. 30, 2007
COMBINED KICK RETURNS
Most Combined Kick Returns, Career
1,070 Brian Mitchell, Washington, 1990-99; Philadelphia, 2000-02 (p-463, k-607); N.Y. Giants, 2003
739 Allen Rossum, Philadelphia, 1998-99; Green Bay, 2000-01; Atlanta, 2002-06; Pittsburgh, 2007 (p-280, k-459)
711 Glyn Milburn, Denver, 1993-95; Detroit, 1996-97; Chicago, 1998-2000; San Diego, 2001 (p-304, k-407)
Most Combined Kick Returns, Season
114 Michael Lewis, New Orleans, 2002 (p-44; k-70)
B.J. Sams, Baltimore, 2004 (p-55, k-59)
107 Chris Carr, Oakland, 2005 (p-34, k-73)
Dante Hall, Kansas City, 2005 (p-42, k-65)
105 Reggie Swinton, Arizona, 2005 (p-42, k-63)
Most Combined Kick Returns, Game
13 Stump Mitchell, St. Louis vs. Atlanta, Oct. 18, 1981 (p-6, k-7)
Ronnie Harris, New England vs. Pittsburgh, Dec. 5, 1993 (p-10, k-3)
12 Mel Renfro, Dallas vs. Green Bay, Nov. 29, 1964 (p-4, k-8)
Larry Jones, Washington vs. Dallas, Dec. 13, 1975 (p-6, k-6)
Eddie Brown, Washington vs. Tampa Bay, Oct. 9, 1977 (p-11, k-1)
Nesby Glasgow, Baltimore vs. Denver, Sept. 2, 1979 (p-9, k-3)
Tim Dwight, Atlanta vs. Detroit, Nov. 12, 2000 (p-8, k-4)
Wes Welker, Miami vs. Buffalo, Dec. 5, 2004 (p-6, k-6)
Reggie Swinton, Arizona vs. Philadelphia, Dec. 24, 2005 (p-9, k-3)
Devin Hester, Chicago vs. Detroit, Sept. 30, 2007 (p-5, k-7)
11 By many players
YARDS GAINED
Most Yards Returned, Career
19,013 Brian Mitchell, Washington, 1990-99; Philadelphia, 2000-02; N.Y. Giants, 2003 (p-4,999; k-14,014)
13,269 Allen Rossum, Philadelphia, 1998-99; Green Bay, 2000-01; Atlanta, 2002-06; Pittsburgh, 2007 (p-2,749, k-10,520)
13,003 Mel Gray, New Orleans, 1986-88; Detroit, 1989-1994; Houston, 1995-96; Tennessee, 1997; Philadelphia, 1997 (p-2,753; k-10,250)
Most Yards Returned, Season
2,432 Michael Lewis, New Orleans, 2002 (p-625, k-1,807)
2,214 Josh Cribbs, Cleveland, 2007 (p-405, k-1,809)
2,187 MarTay Jenkins, Arizona, 2000 (p-1, k-2,186)
Most Yards Returned, Game
347 Tyrone Hughes, New Orleans vs. L.A. Rams, Oct. 23, 1994 (p-43, k-304)
314 Devin Hester, Chicago vs. Detroit, Sept. 30, 2007 (p-95, k-219)
306 Josh Cribbs, Cleveland vs. Baltimore, Nov. 18, 2007 (OT) (p-61, k-245)
TOUCHDOWNS
Most Touchdowns, Career
13 Brian Mitchell, Washington, 1990-99; Philadelphia, 2000-02; N.Y. Giants, 2003 (p-9, k-4)
12 Eric Metcalf, Cleveland, 1989-1994; Atlanta, 1995-96; San Diego, 1997; Arizona, 1998; Carolina, 1999; Washington, 2001; Green Bay, 2002 (p-10, k-2)
Dante Hall, Kansas City, 2000-07 (p-6, k-6)
11 Devin Hester, Chicago, 2006-07 (p-7, k-4)
Most Touchdowns, Season
6 Devin Hester, Chicago, 2007 (p-4, k-2)
5 Devin Hester, Chicago, 2006 (p-3, k-2)
4 Jack Christiansen, Detroit, 1951 (p-4)
Emlen Tunnell, N.Y. Giants, 1951 (p-3, k-1)
Gale Sayers, Chicago, 1967 (p-1, k-3)
Travis Williams, Green Bay, 1967 (k-4)
Cecil Turner, Chicago, 1970 (k-4)
Billy Johnson, Houston, 1975 (p-3, k-1)
Rick Upchurch, Denver, 1976 (p-4)
Dante Hall, Kansas City, 2003 (p-2; k-2)
Eddie Drummond, Detroit, 2004 (p-2, k-2)
Most Touchdowns, Game
2 Jack Christiansen, Detroit vs. Los Angeles, Oct. 14, 1951 (p-2); vs. Green Bay, Nov. 22, 1951 (p-2)
Jim Patton, N.Y. Giants vs. Washington, Oct. 30, 1955 (p-1, k-1)
Bobby Mitchell, Cleveland vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 23, 1958 (p-1, k-1)
Dick Christy, N.Y. Titans vs. Denver, Sept. 24, 1961 (p-2)
Al Frazier, Denver vs. Boston, Dec. 3, 1961 (p-1, k-1)
Timmy Brown, Philadelphia vs. Dallas, Nov. 6, 1966 (k-2)
Travis Williams, Green Bay vs. Cleveland, Nov. 12, 1967 (k-2); vs. Pittsburgh, Nov. 2, 1969 (p-1, k-1)
Gale Sayers, Chicago vs. San Francisco, Dec. 3, 1967 (p-1, k-1)
Rick Upchurch, Denver vs. Cleveland, Sept. 26, 1976 (p-2)
Eddie Payton, Detroit vs. Minnesota, Dec. 17, 1977 (p-1, k-1)
LeRoy Irvin, Los Angeles vs. Atlanta, Oct. 11, 1981 (p-2)
Ron Brown, L.A. Rams vs. Green Bay, Nov. 24, 1985 (k-2)
Vai Sikahema, St. Louis vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 21, 1986 (p-2)
Todd Kinchen, L.A. Rams vs. Atlanta, Dec. 27, 1992 (p-2)
Eric Metcalf, Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh, Oct. 24, 1993 (p-2); San Diego vs. Cincinatt,i Nov. 2, 1997 (p-2)
Tyrone Hughes, New Orleans vs. L.A. Rams, Oct. 23, 1994 (k-2)
Darrien Gordon, Denver vs. Carolina, Nov. 9, 1997 (p-2)
Jermaine Lewis, Baltimore vs. Seattle, Dec. 7, 1997 (p-2); Baltimore vs. N.Y. Jets, Dec. 24, 2000 (p-2)
Chad Morton, N.Y. Jets vs. Buffalo, Sept. 8, 2002 (OT) (k-2)
Michael Lewis, New Orleans vs. Washington, Oct. 13, 2002 (p-1, k-1)
Dante Hall, Kansas City vs. St. Louis, Dec. 8, 2002 (p-1, k-1)
Steve Smith, Carolina vs. Cincinnati, Dec. 8, 2002 (p-2)
Eddie Drummond, Detroit vs. Jacksonville, Nov. 14, 2004 (OT) (p-2)
Devin Hester, Chicago vs. St. Louis, Dev. 11, 2006 (k-2)
Darren Sproles, San Diego vs. Indianapolis, Nov. 11, 2007 (p-1, k-1)
Devin Hester, Chicago vs. Denver, Nov. 25, 2007 (p-1, k-1)
Andre Davis, Houston vs. Jacksonville, Dec. 30, 2007 (k-2)


 

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