NFL Punt Returns Single Game Leaders

Build your own custom leaderboards with the Play Index. Single game leaders only reflect years for which we have complete boxscore data (1950 onward), all playoff games, and all 100 yard rushing/receiving or 300 yard passing games from 1940-1959.

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Leaders Table
Rank Player Ret Tm Boxscore
1Eddie Brown11WASWashington Redskins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, October 9, 1977
2Ronnie Harris10NWENew England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, December 5, 1993
Theo Bell10PITPittsburgh Steelers vs. Buffalo Bills, December 16, 1979
Mike Nelms10WASWashington Redskins vs. New Orleans Saints, December 26, 1982
5Tony Leonard9SFOSan Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints, October 17, 1976
Leon Bright9NYGNew York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles, December 11, 1982
Pete Shaw9NYGNew York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles, November 20, 1983
Andre Hastings9PITPittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns, November 13, 1995
Nesby Glasgow9BALBaltimore Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs, September 2, 1979
Phil McConkey9NYGNew York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles, December 6, 1987
Steve Smith9CARCarolina Panthers vs. Detroit Lions, September 15, 2002
Reggie Swinton9ARIArizona Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Eagles, December 24, 2005
Larry Marshall9PHIPhiladelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, September 18, 1977
Butch Johnson9DALDallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills, November 15, 1976
Cleo Montgomery9RAILos Angeles Raiders vs. Detroit Lions, December 10, 1984
Mike Nelms9WASWashington Redskins vs. St. Louis Cardinals, December 21, 1980
Ralph McGill9SFOSan Francisco 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons, October 29, 1972
Rodger Bird9OAKOakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos, September 10, 1967
19Ron Fellows8DALDallas Cowboys vs. Cleveland Browns, November 25, 1982
Paul Skansi8PITPittsburgh Steelers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, October 30, 1983
Trindon Holliday8DENDenver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers, November 11, 2012
Ted Watts8OAKOakland Raiders vs. New England Patriots, November 1, 1981
Vai Sikahema8PHIPhiladelphia Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawks, December 13, 1992
Desmond Howard8OAKOakland Raiders vs. San Diego Chargers, October 11, 1998
Neal Colzie8OAKOakland Raiders vs. San Diego Chargers, October 5, 1975
Adam Jones8TENTennessee Titans vs. Miami Dolphins, December 24, 2005
Quan Cosby8DENDenver Broncos vs. Chicago Bears, December 11, 2011
Eddie Payton8DETDetroit Lions vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, November 20, 1977
Tommy Pharr8BUFBuffalo Bills vs. New York Jets, October 25, 1970
Willie Sydnor8PITPittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots, December 26, 1982
Ray Williams8DETDetroit Lions vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, December 14, 1980
Kyle Williams8SFOSan Francisco 49ers vs. New York Giants, January 22, 2012
Jim Smith8PITPittsburgh Steelers vs. Houston Oilers, September 9, 1979
DeSean Jackson8PHIPhiladelphia Eagles vs. St. Louis Rams, September 7, 2008
Leon Johnson8SDGSan Diego Chargers vs. Detroit Lions, December 7, 2003
Terry Fair8DETDetroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles, November 8, 1998
Phil Epps8GNBGreen Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings, November 21, 1982
Kevin Miller8MINMinnesota Vikings vs. Los Angeles Rams, December 2, 1979
Leon Bright8NYGNew York Giants vs. Washington Redskins, September 13, 1981
Tim Dwight8ATLAtlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions, November 12, 2000
Marcus Murphy8NORNew Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts, October 25, 2015
Danny Reece8TAMTampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit Lions, September 1, 1979
Howard Stevens8BALBaltimore Colts vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, October 3, 1976
De'Anthony Thomas8KANKansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders, December 14, 2014
Dedric Ward8DALDallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins, September 27, 2004
Rick Upchurch8DENDenver Broncos vs. Baltimore Colts, October 22, 1978
Fulton Walker8RAILos Angeles Raiders vs. Cleveland Browns, November 16, 1986
Rolland Lawrence8ATLAtlanta Falcons vs. San Francisco 49ers, October 9, 1977
Stump Mitchell8STLSt. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Redskins, January 2, 1983
Phil McConkey8SDGSan Diego Chargers vs. Indianapolis Colts, November 26, 1989
Evan Cooper8PHIPhiladelphia Eagles vs. San Diego Chargers, October 26, 1986
Mike Nelms8WASWashington Redskins vs. Chicago Bears, October 11, 1981
Jeff Fisher8CHIChicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions, December 16, 1984
Phil McConkey8NYGNew York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys, November 4, 1984
Ed Podolak8KANKansas City Chiefs vs. San Diego Chargers, November 10, 1974
Latario Rachal8SDGSan Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders, October 11, 1998
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