Arrowhead History: Best Punt Return Average

The New Arrowhead Stadium will debut at the end of August when the Chiefs host Philadelphia in a pre-season game. After 38 seasons of Chiefs home games, the building has been updated with 21st Century amenities.

Remaining within the stadium shell are memories of the hundreds of games that have been played there since the summer of 1972. Within those games have been some memorable performances by members of the Chiefs and the visiting teams that will be featured over the next weeks leading up to the opening of the new Arrowhead.

Today, it’s the top 20 punt returners with the best career average in Arrowhead Stadium.

 

Best Career Average Punt Returners at Arrowhead Stadium (1972-2009)*

*10 or more returns to qualify

Returner

Seasons

Games

Returns

Average

Rick Upchurch

1975-81

7

14

16.6

Eddie Payton

1978

7

15

12.5

Neal Colzie

1975-78

4

13

11.8

Michael Clemons

1987

4

11

11.8

Billy Thompson

1972-79

5

13

11.8

Tamarick Vanover

1995-99

36

96

11.4

Tim Brown

1988-2003

15

29

11.3

J.T. Smith

1979-84

38

121

11.2

Jeff Smith

1985-86

13

15

11.2

Dante Hall

2000-06

50

101

11.0

Ed Podolak

1972-77

34

20

10.0

Lionel James

1984-88

5

12

9.8

Larry Brunson

1974-80

27

26

9.8

Garcia Lane

1985-87

9

26

9.7

Darrien Gordon

1993-2000

8

17

9.2

Danan Hughes

1993-98

43

21

9.0

 


 


2 Responses to “Arrowhead History: Best Punt Return Average”

  • July 27, 2010  - Joshua says:

    Hopefully, Either RUN DMC or Arenas will be on this list soon. We haven’t had significant threat on punt returns since Dante.


  • July 27, 2010  - War_Paint says:

    It’s too bad there’s no category for “returned for TD”. In my mind, The average doesn’t mean a lot, without knowing how often a player did that. Thanks for the stats, Bob. It’s nice to be reminded of the older players, and seeing how they matched up with the newer (even though the game was different in ’70s, compared to even the 80s.




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