NFL Year-by-Year Playoffs Longest Punt Return Leaders

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

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Leaders Table
Year Player Lng Tm
2015Jordan Norwood (28)61DEN
2014Julian Edelman (28)45NWE
2013Eric Decker (26)47DEN
2012Trindon Holliday (26)90DEN
2011Kyle Williams (23)24SFO
2010Julian Edelman (24)41NWE
2009Reggie Bush (24)83NOR
2008Santonio Holmes (24)67PIT
2007R.W. McQuarters (30)25NYG
2006Terrence Wilkins (31)21IND
2005Steve Smith (26)59CAR
2004Santana Moss (25)75NYJ
2003Troy Brown (32)28NWE
2002Antwaan Randle El (23)66PIT
2001Jermaine Lewis (26)88BAL
2000Az-Zahir Hakim (23)65STL
1999Az-Zahir Hakim (22)34STL
1998Deion Sanders+ (31)41DAL
1997Will Blackwell (22)58PIT
1996Desmond Howard (26)71GNB
1995Antonio Freeman (23)76GNB
1994Mark Carrier (28)20CLE
1993Robert Brooks (23)43GNB
1992Brian Mitchell (24)54WAS
1991Brian Mitchell (23)26WAS
1990Mitchell Price (23)34CIN
1989Rod Woodson+ (24)18PIT
1988John Taylor (26)45SFO
1987Anthony Carter (26)84MIN
1986Phil McConkey (29)25NYG
1985Henry Ellard (24)23RAM
1985Gordon Banks (27)23DAL
1984Dana McLemore (24)28SFO
1983Nick Giaquinto (28)48WAS
1982Mike Nelms (27)39WAS
1981Wes Chandler (25)56SDG
1980James Jones (21)43DAL
1979Eddie Brown (27)37RAM
1978Theo Bell (24)30PIT
1977Manfred Moore (26)26MIN
1976Butch Johnson (22)44DAL
1975Neal Colzie (21)24OAK
1974Lynn Swann+ (22)17PIT
1974Terry Metcalf (22)17STL
1973Golden Richards (22)63DAL
1972Thom Darden (22)38CLE
1971Leroy Kelly+ (29)48CLE
1970Bruce Taylor (22)30SFO
1969George Atkinson (22)17OAK
1968Timmy Brown (31)21BAL
1967Bob Hayes+ (24)68DAL
1966Mike Garrett (22)27KAN
1965Butch Byrd (23)74BUF
1964Jerry Robinson (25)30SDG
1963Art Graham (22)28BOS
1962Elijah Pitts (24)36GNB
1961Keith Lincoln (22)16SDG
1960Dick Harris (23)27LAC
1959Johnny Sample (23)14BAL
1958Jimmy Patton (24)14NYG
1957Yale Lary+ (26)10DET
1956Jimmy Patton (22)22NYG
1955Ken Konz (26)24CLE
1954Billy Reynolds (23)42CLE
1953Billy Reynolds (22)17CLE
1952Vitamin Smith (28)57RAM
1951Cliff Lewis (28)13CLE
1950George McAfee+ (32)18CHI
1949Sam Cathcart (25)13SFO
1948Pat McHugh (28)21PHI
1947Bosh Pritchard (27)79PHI
1946Otto Graham+ (24)13CLE
1945Dick Todd (30)15WAS
1944Irv Comp (25)16GNB
1943Andy Farkas (27)31WAS
1942Hugh Gallarneau (25)13CHI
1941Hugh Gallarneau (24)81CHI
1940George McAfee+ (22)16CHI
1939Joe Laws (28)30GNB
1938Tuffy Leemans+ (25)22NYG
1937Riley Smith (26)11WAS
1936Pug Rentner (25)22BOS
1935George Christensen (25)5DET
1934Ken Strong+ (28)42NYG
1933Harry Newman (24)26NYG
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