List of National Football League annual punting yards leaders

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Dave Zastudil led the league in 2012 and set the record for most punting yards in a season with 5,209.

This is a season-by-season list of National Football League players who have led the regular season in punting yards.[1]

Record-keeping for punting yards began in 1939, when Parker Hall led the league with 2,369 punting yards, while playing for the Cleveland Rams (now known as the Los Angeles Rams). Hall also became the first player to lead the league in punting yards in consecutive seasons, leading in 1939 and 1940. Since then, Dave Zastudil has set the record for punting yards in a season, when he led the league in 2012, with 5,209 punting yards, while playing with the Arizona Cardinals.[2][3]

John James hold the record of most seasons leading the league in punting yards with four (1974, 1976, 1977, and 1978); James played for the Atlanta Falcons throughout all four of these seasons. James is also the only player to have the led the league in three consecutive seasons (1976–1978), although many other players have been able to lead the league in two consecutive seasons. Johnny Hekker was the most recent player to accomplish this, leading in 2015, while playing for the St. Louis Rams, and 2016, when the team relocated to Los Angeles.

List

The following is the season-by-season listing:[1]

  Denotes current record
  Denotes former record
Year Player Punting Yards Team
1939 Parker Hall 2,369 Cleveland Rams
1940 Parker Hall 2,489 Cleveland Rams
1941 Whizzer White 1,997 Detroit Lions
1942 Dean McAdams 2,158 Brooklyn Dodgers
1943 Sammy Baugh 2,295 Washington Redskins
1944 Len Younce 1,941 New York Giants
1945 Sid Tinsley 2,308 Pittsburgh Steelers
1946 Roy McKay 2,735 Green Bay Packers
1947 Howard Maley 3,731 Boston Yanks
1948 Jack Jacobs 2,782 Green Bay Packers
1949 Dick Poillon 2,697 Washington Redskins
1950 Adrian Burk 3,243 Baltimore Colts
1951 Horace Gillom 3,321 Cleveland Browns
1952 Tom Landry 3,363 New York Giants
1953 Pat Brady 3,752 Pittsburgh Steelers
1954 Max McGee 2,999 Green Bay Packers
1955 Tom Landry 3,022 New York Giants
1956 Adrian Burk 2,843 Philadelphia Eagles
1957 Jerry Norton 2,798 Philadelphia Eagles
1958 Don Chandler 2,859 New York Giants
1959 Max McGee 2,716 Green Bay Packers
1960 Bobby Joe Green 2,829 Pittsburgh Steelers
1961 Jerry Norton 3,802 St. Louis Cardinals
1962 Danny Villanueva 3,960 Los Angeles Rams
1963 Danny Villanueva 3,678 Los Angeles Rams
1964 Pat Richter 3,749 Washington Redskins
1965 Frank Lambert 3,518 Pittsburgh Steelers
1966 Bobby Joe Green 3,358 Chicago Bears
1967 Billy Lothridge 3,801 Atlanta Falcons
1968 Billy Lothridge 3,324 Atlanta Falcons
1969 Pat Studstill 3,259 Los Angeles Rams
1970 Billy Van Heusen 3,732 Denver Broncos
1971 Bob Lee 3,515 Minnesota Vikings
1972 Don Cockroft 3,498 Cleveland Browns
1973 Jerrel Wilson 3,642 Kansas City Chiefs
1974 John James 3,891 Atlanta Falcons
1975 Tom Blanchard 3,776 New Orleans Saints
1976 John James 4,253 Atlanta Falcons
1977 John James 4,349 Atlanta Falcons
1978 John James 4,227 Atlanta Falcons
1979 Dave Jennings 4,445 New York Giants
1980 Dave Jennings 4,211 New York Giants
1981 Bob Parsons 4,531 Chicago Bears
1982 Bob Parsons 2,394 Chicago Bears
1983 Rohn Stark 4,124 Baltimore Colts
1984 Jim Arnold 4,397 Kansas City Chiefs
1985 Rich Camarillo 3,953 New England Patriots
1986 John Teltschik 4,493 Philadelphia Eagles
1987 Dale Hatcher 3,140 Los Angeles Rams
1988 Jim Arnold 4,110 Detroit Lions
1989 Bryan Wagner 3,817 Cleveland Browns
1990 Brian Hansen 3,752 New England Patriots
1991 Tommy Barnhardt 3,743 New Orleans Saints
1992 Rick Tuten 4,760 Seattle Seahawks
1993 Rick Tuten 4,007 Seattle Seahawks
1994 Rich Camarillo 4,115 Houston Oilers
1995 Brian Hansen 4,090 New York Jets
1996 Mike Horan 4,289 New York Giants
1997 Brad Maynard 4,531 New York Giants
1998 Brad Maynard 4,566 New York Giants
1999 Chris Gardocki 4,645 Cleveland Browns
2000 Chris Gardocki 4,919 Cleveland Browns
2001 Todd Sauerbrun 4,419 Carolina Panthers
2002 Todd Sauerbrun 4,735 Carolina Panthers
2003 Shane Lechler 4,503 Oakland Raiders
2004 Brad Maynard 4,638 Chicago Bears
2005 Andy Lee 4,447 San Francisco 49ers
2006 Jason Baker 4,483 Carolina Panthers
2007 Andy Lee 4,968 San Francisco 49ers
2008 Shane Lechler 4,391 Oakland Raiders
2009 Shane Lechler 4,909 Oakland Raiders
2010 Donnie Jones 4,276 St. Louis Rams
2011 Britton Colquitt 4,783 Denver Broncos
2012 Dave Zastudil 5,209 Arizona Cardinals
2013 Bryan Anger 4,338 Jacksonville Jaguars
2014 Marquette King 4,930 Oakland Raiders
2015 Johnny Hekker 4,601 St. Louis Rams
2016 Johnny Hekker 4,343 Los Angeles Rams

References

  1. ^ a b "NFL Year-by-Year Punting Yards Leaders". Pro-Football-Reference. Sports-Reference. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ Raiz, Senor (December 25, 2012). "Dave Zastudil sets punt record in Cardinals' loss". SB Nation. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ "NFL Single-Season Punting Yards Leaders". Pro-Football-Reference. Sports-Reference. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
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