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List of the most famous (American) football punt returners in the history of the sport, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. There have been many legendary punt returners in the NFL and NCAA, and you'll find all of them on this list below. Some of these men are considered to be the best punt returners to ever play the game, and if you're looking for a specific football player you can look for them by using the "search" function on this list. These amazing punt returners may currently be active while others have been retired for quite sometime. This list of the top punt returners in American football includes all the greats from both the NFL and college football.

List items range from Deion Sanders to Desmond Howard.

This list answers the questions, "Who is the greatest punt returner of all time?" and "Who are the best punt returners of all time?"

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Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Desmond Howard Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Billy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Billy Johnson Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Mel Gray is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Mel Gray Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner

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Troy Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Troy Brown Cornerback, Return specialist, Punt returner

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Charley Trippi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Charley Trippi Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

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Brian Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Brian Mitchell Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner

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Darius Reynaud is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Darius Reynaud Running back, Return specialist

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Eddie Royal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Eddie Royal Return specialist, Flanker, Punt returner

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Steve Breaston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Steve Breaston Wide receiver

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Brian Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Brian Westbrook Running back, Punt returner

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Justin Forsett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Justin Forsett Running back, Punt returner

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Cory Ross is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Cory Ross Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner

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Mercury Hayes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Mercury Hayes Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Bruce Harper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Bruce Harper Running back, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Clarence Verdin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Clarence Verdin Return specialist, Punt returner, Wide receiver

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Chris Carr is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Chris Carr Cornerback, Kickoff returner

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Marquise Walker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Marquise Walker Punt returner, Wide receiver

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B. J. Sams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
B. J. Sams Running back, Cornerback, Return specialist

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Mike Nelms is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Mike Nelms Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Chuck Ortmann is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Chuck Ortmann Halfback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Jon Arnett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Jon Arnett Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

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Thom Darden is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Thom Darden Cornerback, Punt returner, Safety

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Bob Grim is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Bob Grim Running back, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Rollie Miles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Rollie Miles Running back, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Dan Sandifer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Dan Sandifer Halfback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Brian Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Brian Witherspoon Cornerback, Return specialist, Punt returner

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Rickie Harris is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Rickie Harris Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Chad Owens is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Chad Owens Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Glyn Milburn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Glyn Milburn Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner

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Dante Hall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Dante Hall Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Reggie Swinton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Reggie Swinton Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Michael Lewis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Michael Lewis Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Roell Preston is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Roell Preston Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Skyler Green is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Skyler Green Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Dick Todd is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Dick Todd Punt returner, Fullback, Defensive back

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Joe Scudero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Joe Scudero Punt returner, Kickoff returner, Safety

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Justin Phinisee is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Justin Phinisee Cornerback, Punt returner, Safety

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LeRoy Irvin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
LeRoy Irvin Cornerback, Return specialist, Punt returner

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Gene Derricotte is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Gene Derricotte Halfback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Darrien Gordon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Darrien Gordon Cornerback, Return specialist, Punt returner

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George Hoey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
George Hoey Punt returner, Kickoff returner, Defensive back

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Jeremy Kerley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Jeremy Kerley Return specialist, Punt returner, Wide receiver

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Dennis Northcutt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Dennis Northcutt Return specialist, Punt returner, Wide receiver

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Antonio Chatman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Antonio Chatman Return specialist, Punt returner, Wide receiver

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Mark Jones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Mark Jones Return specialist, Punt returner, Wide receiver

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Gordon Bell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Gordon Bell Running back, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Bill Reinhard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Bill Reinhard Running back, Punt returner, Defensive back

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Ira Matthews is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Ira Matthews Running back, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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Jim Leonhard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Football Punt Returners
Jim Leonhard Punt returner, Safety