NFL Year-by-Year Longest Kick Returns Leaders

For some seasons (1960-1969 & 1947-1950) leaders for both leagues are shown.

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Leaders Table
Year Player Lng Tm
2016Cordarrelle Patterson (25)104MIN
2015David Johnson (23)108ARI
2014Jacoby Jones (30)108BAL
2013Cordarrelle Patterson (22)109MIN
2012Jacoby Jones (28)108BAL
2011Randall Cobb (21)108GNB
2010Stefan Logan (29)105DET
2009Brad Smith (25)106NYJ
2008Allen Rossum (32)104SFO
2007Ellis Hobbs (24)108NWE
2006Justin Miller (22)103NYJ
2005Terrence McGee (24)99BUF
2005Jerome Mathis (22)99HOU
2005Chris Johnson (25)99STL
2004Terrence McGee (23)104BUF
2003Dante Hall (24)100KAN
2003Josh Scobey (23)100ARI
2003Rod Smart (26)100CAR
2002Reggie Swinton (27)100DAL
2001Derrick Mason (27)101TEN
2000Tony Horne (24)103STL
1999Tony Horne (23)101STL
1998Terry Fair (22)105DET
1997Eric Guliford (27)102NOR
1997Eric Bieniemy (28)102CIN
1996Eric Moulds (23)97BUF
1996Derrick Witherspoon (25)97PHI
1996Tamarick Vanover (22)97KAN
1995Tamarick Vanover (21)99KAN
1994Mel Gray (33)102DET
1993Tyrone Hughes (23)99NOR
1992Jon Vaughn (22)100NWE
1991Alexander Wright (24)102DAL
1990Eric Metcalf (22)101CLE
1989Joe Johnson (26)99WAS
1989Bobby Morse (23)99NOR
1988Stanford Jennings (26)98CIN
1987Sylvester Stamps (26)97ATL
1986Mel Gray (25)101NOR
1985Willie Gault (25)99CHI
1984Bobby Humphery (23)97NYJ
1984Del Rodgers (24)97GNB
1983Carl Roaches (29)97HOU
1982Ricky Smith (22)98NWE
1981Eddie Payton (30)99MIN
1980James Owens (25)101SFO
1979Roy Green (22)106STL
1978Curtis Brown (23)102BUF
1977Raymond Clayborn (22)101NWE
1976Willie Shelby (23)97CIN
1975Harold Hart (23)102OAK
1974Larry Jones (23)102WAS
1973Bob Gresham (25)103HOU
1972Vic Washington (26)98SFO
1971Travis Williams (25)105RAM
1970Dave Hampton (23)101GNB
1969Mercury Morris (22)105MIA
1969Don McCall (24)101PIT
1968Preston Pearson (23)102BAL
1968Max Anderson (23)100BUF
1967Noland Smith (23)106KAN
1967Carl Ward (23)104CLE
1967Travis Williams (21)104GNB
1966Nemiah Wilson (23)100DEN
1966Goldie Sellers (24)100DEN
1966Dick Gordon (22)94CHI
1966Roy Shivers (25)94STL
1965Charley Warner (25)102BUF
1965Lance Rentzel (21)101MIN
1964Clarence Childs (26)100NYG
1964Ode Burrell (24)93HOU
1963Abe Woodson (29)103SFO
1963Dave Grayson (24)99KAN
1962Herb Adderley+ (23)103GNB
1962Keith Lincoln (23)103SDG
1961Jon Arnett (26)105RAM
1961Timmy Brown (24)105PHI
1961Fred Brown (22)93BUF
1960Ken Hall (24)104HOU
1960Lenny Lyles (24)97SFO
1959Abe Woodson (25)105SFO
1958Lenny Lyles (22)103BAL
1957Jon Arnett (22)98RAM
1956Al Carmichael (27)106GNB
1955Al Carmichael (26)100GNB
1954Bill Bowman (22)100DET
1953Buddy Young (27)104BAL
1952Ollie Matson+ (22)100CRD
1951Emlen Tunnell+ (26)100NYG
1950Russ Craft (30)103PHI
1949Jack Salscheider (24)95NYG
1949Buddy Young (23)91NYY
1948Joe Scott (22)99NYG
1948Joe Perry+ (21)87SFO
1947Billy Hillenbrand (25)96BCL
1947Steve Van Buren+ (26)95PHI
1946Frank Seno (25)105CRD
1946Spec Sanders (28)103NYY
1945Steve Van Buren+ (24)98PHI
1944Steve Van Buren+ (23)97PHI
1943Ned Mathews (25)98DET
1942Andy Uram (27)98GNB
1941Billy Jefferson (23)101DET
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