NFL The Top 10 Kick/Punt Returners in NFL History  

riley.baines
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List Rules Ranked according to the combination of both kick and punt returning weighed evenly.

For full breakdown and video highlights of each player listed, go here - http://www.prosportstop10.com/top-10-kick-returners-in-nfl-history/

 These are the guys that took the term “Return Specialist” to another level. Some made a career out of returning, others did it part time, but each player on this list can juke, cutback, and score, seemingly at will. I dedicated this list to both kick and punt returning, so these returners listed could do it all. These are the top 10 kick returners in NFL history.
list ordered by

1
573 97
Devin Hester is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top 10 Kick/Punt Returners in NFL History
Devin Hester Wide receiver

2
429 94
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top 10 Kick/Punt Returners in NFL History
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

3
234 100
Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top 10 Kick/Punt Returners in NFL History
Gale Sayers Running back, Return specialist

4
187 103
Josh Cribbs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top 10 Kick/Punt Returners in NFL History
Josh Cribbs Return specialist, Wide receiver

5
173 95
Dante Hall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top 10 Kick/Punt Returners in NFL History
Dante Hall Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

6
151 95
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top 10 Kick/Punt Returners in NFL History
Desmond Howard Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

7
107 73
Brian Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top 10 Kick/Punt Returners in NFL History
Brian Mitchell Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner

8
95 74
Billy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top 10 Kick/Punt Returners in NFL History
Billy Johnson Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

9
89 72
Mel Gray is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top 10 Kick/Punt Returners in NFL History
Mel Gray Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner

10
53 91
Rick Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top 10 Kick/Punt Returners in NFL History
Rick Upshaw