Ranking the Greatest Kick Return Specialists in Packers History

You may not know it from watching the team in recent years, but the Green Bay Packers have had some excellent kick returners over the years. While return specialists change frequently and don’t usually stay on one team for long, some kick returners have made a big impact during their stay in Green Bay.

For this article, we are only discussing kick returners so don’t expect Desmond Howard on here as he excelled as a punt returner in 1996.

Players are rated on a combination of impact and longevity. The longer and better they returned kicks for the Packers the higher they’ll be on this list. In addition, their performance for teams other than the Packers is not relevant here.

Feel free to mention any player you feel belongs on this list.

7. Roell Preston (1997-98)

Preston didn’t last long in Green Bay, playing one full season (1998) and part of another for the team, but he had a big impact during that season and earned Pro Bowl honors as a return specialist after the 1998 campaign.

Preston returned 57 kicks for 1,497 yards and two touchdowns. The first score came on opening day in the Packers 38-19 win over the Lions when he returned a kick 100 yards for a score to help the Packers pull away early in the fourth quarter.

His second return for a touchdown came against the Vikings in Week 5 and went for 101 yards.

For the season, Preston averaged 26.3 yards per runback but he failed to stick with the Packers the following year and was out of the league after the 1999 season.

6. Randall Cobb (2011-14)

Cobb was the Packers primary kick returner for his first two seasons in the league and made an immediate impact at the position. In 2011, he returned a kick 108 yards for a touchdown in his first NFL game against the New Orleans Saints. He also caught a touchdown pass in that game.

Cobb averaged 27.7-yards per kick return in 2011 and then followed that up with another strong season the following year. He also returned punts for the Packers.

His vision and elusiveness made him an effective return man for the Packers and helped him contribute to the team until he became a bigger part of the offense.

5. Dave Hampton (1969-71)

Hampton returned a kickoff for a touchdown for the Packers in each of the three seasons he held the job.

His longest return was a 101-yard effort in 1970 against the Vikings at Milwaukee County Stadium. It was the only touchdown in the Packers 13-10 win over Bud Grant’s club.

In 1971, Hampton led the NFL with 1,314 yards returning kickoffs.

In three years as a kick returner with Green Bay, Hampton averaged 28.2-yards per runback.

The Packers traded Hampton to Atlanta after the 1971 season. He gained more than 1,000 yards rushing for them in 1975 after finishing 1972 with 995 yards and 1973 with 997.

4. Steve Odom (1974-79)

Odom stood only 5’8” but his speed and ability to break big plays made him a valuable contributor to the Packers in the mid-to-late 70s. In fact, Odom scored on a 95-yard kick return, a 95-yard punt return and a 95-yard pass reception during his six seasons with the Packers.

He was selected to the Pro Bowl as a return specialist after the 1975 campaign when he gained 1,034 yards returning kicks.

In 1978, he led the league with a 27.1-yard average returning kicks. He scored a touchdown on the opening kickoff of the Packers win over Seattle that year after promising a boy hospitalized after suffering a tragic tractor accident that he would score a touchdown for him.

Odom was a big-play specialist on offense who also averaged 19.2-yards per catch during his six seasons with the Packers.

3. Al Carmichael (1953-1958)

Carmichael returned kicks for the Packers for six seasons and twice led the NFL in kick return yardage. He scored two touchdowns returning kicks for the Packers, a 100-yard return against the Browns in 1955 followed by a 106-yard effort against the Bears in 1956.

The former first-round pick out of USC never became a star running back for the Packers but was an exceptional return specialist who still ranks near the top of the Packers all-time list in returns, yards and average.

For his career with the Pack, Carmichael averaged 25.5-yards per runback in 153 kick returns. He was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1974.

2. Herb Adderley (1961-68)

Everybody remembers Adderley as a Hall of Fame cornerback, but the former Michigan State star also returned kicks for the Vince Lombardi’s team for the first eight years he was in Green Bay.

In 1962, Adderley returned a kick 103-yards for a touchdown in the Packers 17-13 win over the Baltimore Colts that helped improve the team’s record to 10-0. They finished the season with a 13-1 record.

The following year, he returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams.

Adderley was a running back in college so he knew how to avoid defenders and used it to his advantage with the Packers. He averaged 25.7-yards per kick return over the course of his Packers career.

1. Travis Williams (1967-70)

No kick returner was more dangerous in a Packers uniform than Travis Williams. Nicknamed “The Roadrunner” because of his blazing speed, Williams scored four touchdowns in kick returns as a rookie in 1967 while averaging an incredible 41.1-yards per runback. Both marks led the league.

Two of those returns for touchdowns came in one game, a 55-7 route of the Cleveland Browns in Milwaukee that saw Williams run back kicks of 87 and 85 yards for scores.

Williams averaged 26.7-yards per return during his four years with the Packers. He also returned a punt for a touchdown in 1969.

Unfortunately, “The Roadrunner” had troubles off the field and his NFL career was over after the 1971 season. He later struggled with drug addiction and homelessness and tragically passed away at the age of 45 in 1991.

Williams was an exciting player to watch and a threat to score any time he got his hands on the football. He is the greatest kick returner in Packers history.

You can follow Gil Martin on Twitter @GilPackers

NFL Categories: 
10 points

Comments (57)

Fan-Friendly This filter will hide comments which have ratio of 5 to 1 down-vote to up-vote.
atundraman's picture

May 22, 2021 at 12:21 pm

Desmond Howard still belongs on this list if only for his Super Bowl performance.

17 points
22
5
TheVOR's picture

May 22, 2021 at 04:47 pm

After looking at the post, the first thing out of my mouth was how couldn't a Super Bowl MVP kick returner for the Packers not make that list? Totally agree.

6 points
7
1
Tundraboy's picture

May 22, 2021 at 08:08 pm

That’s for sure. Just based on the playoff game in the pouring rain against SFF he’s up near the top. Wow how could anyone ever forget that. Greatest moment since the 60s and not seen since.

0 points
1
1
Pikeman's picture

May 23, 2021 at 08:04 am

Yesseree

1 points
1
0
Norm's picture

May 24, 2021 at 10:22 am

This is the correct answer and his exclusion immediately invalidates the list in my mind. If that were the only game Desmond Howard returned kick-offs in his Packers career it would still warrant not only his inclusion but #1 ranking. In the same way that Tom Brady is now Tampa Bay’s all time greatest QB even if he never takes another snap (sorry Trent Dilfer but you’re no Tom Brady).

0 points
0
0
Archie's picture

May 22, 2021 at 12:29 pm

Yeah, TW is a no-brainer. He was thrilling to watch.

change of topic

I hope it's not true but I'm hearing AROD is demanding a massive extension AND that the Packers trade Jordan Love away. If true the NFL's MVP is threatened by existence of QB prospect who has never taken a snap in a real NFL game. As great as he is, I certainly hope the Packers don't sell their soul to Rodgers, he already absorbs way too much of the team cap.

Media outlets are reporting that Russ Ball's refusal to transfer AROD's roster bonus into future years on a guaranteed basis, if true, suggests that Ball is incompetent. Could it be true that this whole turd storm could have been easily prevented? Let's be honest, Sherman, Thompson, McCarthy, Ball, Murphy is a pretty scary list of hires to run your company.

I don't lump Gute in with those guys yet but 3 of his 4 drafts have been admittedly disappointing. MLF on the other hand, seems like a diamond. Gute seems to picking MLF's guy the last two years, just a round or two too early.

-2 points
5
7
Since'61's picture

May 22, 2021 at 12:36 pm

Archie - totally agree on TW.

What is your source(s) for Rodgers rumors?

Thanks, Since ‘61

1 points
1
0
jannes bjornson's picture

May 22, 2021 at 07:49 pm

I heard it from a dry cleaner who heard it from a paperboy who heard it from a guy seeing triple who apparently was watching Sportscenter.

6 points
6
0
Leatherhead's picture

May 22, 2021 at 12:50 pm

Travis Williams, #23, the Roadrunner. This guy is still probably the fastest Packer I’ve ever seen. I got his autograph in the summer of 68 after a training camp practice. I remember being struck by how small he was....not even as big as my Dad. I got Nitschke that day, too, and he looked pretty big. His fingers were as big as a brat.

Archie, as a general rule of thumb, I don’t believe the media in any form. The specifics about Rodgers motivations/demands aren’t really important, because at this point in the dance this is about who is determining the near future of the team, a player or the GM

The GM has to either trade Rodgers or fire himself because he’s not running the team anymore. So there is really one outcome, regardless of anything you read or hear on the media.

9 points
9
0
jannes bjornson's picture

May 22, 2021 at 07:55 pm

Ray had Big mitts, but were small compared to Ben Davidson's who we met at the Plaza Bar after a Badger game when he was doing a promotion tour for Miller Lite. He was the Giants 4th round pick and traded to the Pack in (you guessed it), '61. He was traded by Lombardi to Washington in 1962. Imagine if he stayed and played in that front four.

3 points
3
0
Guam's picture

May 23, 2021 at 07:57 am

LH: I was at a golf outing with Dave Robinson a few years ago and he let me try on his Super Bowl ring. The ring was so large I had to put two fingers through it to "wear" it ( and I am a larger than average guy). His mitts were enormous! And Robinson was a gracious gentleman with all the Packer fans at the outing.

Like you, I don't give much credence to any media reports. Only Rodgers and the Packer front office know where the lines have been drawn. The fact that they are still talking gives me a slightly different take than yours. Continued talks indicate to me that there is the possibility of a mutually agreeable outcome. If Rodgers demands are truly beyond the pale, we should be hearing more confirmed trade talk (and we may yet get there, but I don't think it has reached that point to date).

1 points
1
0
Leatherhead's picture

May 23, 2021 at 10:47 am

@Guam

I think this dispute is about the guaranteed future money, and what it symbolizes. I agree completely that this will be mutually agreeable, but I strongly believe Rodgers is only going to agree to “not Green Bay”., because the Packers don’t want to commit future guaranteed money. Nor should they, IMO.

It’ll be a trade to an AFC team that needs a really good QB to compete in their division. A nice place, maybe someplace that your girlfriend likes. He’ll agree to that, so will his girlfriend, so will the new team. We’ll thank him and say nice things and we’ll thank them for the generous compensation.

What would I MOST like to see is Rodgers return, under the terms of his contract, and lead this team to the Super Bowl. If that happens, I don’t think it’s gonna be a problem committing a couple more years.

0 points
0
0
Gman1976's picture

May 23, 2021 at 01:04 pm

When I was young, I got to see TW take it to the House on a kick off against the Vikings at Milwaukee County Stadium. It still brings back great memories. My friend’s dad got free tickets and the privilege to go see the Vikings tape up before the game. As a child, I got to see the great Alan Page and the Purple People Eaters, but they couldn’t steal my green and gold heart.

0 points
0
0
Gman1976's picture

May 23, 2021 at 01:04 pm

When I was young, I got to see TW take it to the House on a kick off against the Vikings at Milwaukee County Stadium. It still brings back great memories. My friend’s dad got free tickets and the privilege to go see the Vikings tape up before the game. As a child, I got to see the great Alan Page and the Purple People Eaters, but they couldn’t steal my green and gold heart.

0 points
0
0
Gman1976's picture

May 23, 2021 at 01:04 pm

When I was young, I got to see TW take it to the House on a kick off against the Vikings at Milwaukee County Stadium. It still brings back great memories. My friend’s dad got free tickets and the privilege to go see the Vikings tape up before the game. As a child, I got to see the great Alan Page and the Purple People Eaters, but they couldn’t steal my green and gold heart.

0 points
0
0
greengold's picture

May 22, 2021 at 05:40 pm

Travis Williams, ABSOLUTELY #1.

This list is garbage without Desmond Howard.

_________

Absolutely not to the rest of what you said there, Archie. No one player is more important than the entire team. While I doubt the validity of that report, how is Russ Ball being crucified for looking out for team interests? How do you entertain that thought? The guy lost all 8 of his playoff opportunities.in the last 10 years. Nice that he won an MVP for himself out of spite. What about putting the team first?

If AR wanted any of that I’d tell him to take a hike.

The reality is quite possibly that it is all made up garbage with zero truth to it. I really think he doesn’t want to play for the Packers anymore. He wants to finish his career on another team, like Tom Brady, in a different Conference than Tom Brady.

How do you like those apples?

3 points
3
0
jannes bjornson's picture

May 22, 2021 at 08:04 pm

Ball is incompetent, case closed.

-5 points
2
7
NickPerry's picture

May 23, 2021 at 06:48 am

"I don't lump Gute in with those guys yet but 3 of his 4 drafts have been admittedly disappointing."

HEAVY SIGH... Why Archie? He was hired 90 days before the 2018 draft and inherited a team when the previous GM was obviously quite ILL, and Mark Murphy was walking around with BLINDERS on. Not only that but they had to hire a new HC. Even with that shit show going on, he drafted the best CB in the NFL and stole an additional 1st the next year.

With that he added Gary who will be a sack monster in Berry's scheme and strong against the run (what a concept)! With extra 1st he added Savage who was one of the highest ranked Safeties according to PFF the last half of 2020 and with Amos they formed the highest ranking duo.

He also took Jenkins when many thought he should have taken Eric McCoy who went to the Saints AND he got Keke Kingsley who IMO takes the big jump this year. I'm also not giving up on Sternberger yet either but he HAS to stay healthy.

The 2020 draft is the draft everyone says Gute lost his mind. Did I love it? No, BUT I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt because IMO he's earned that, and most importantly I'm waiting 3 years for each class to pass judgement. IMO so far so good.

AND... The Packers had had 2 losing seasons for the first time since 1990 and 1991 when Gute was first hired. NOW they've had back to back 13-3 seasons 1996 and 1997 when they went to 2 SB's. Yet this guy is given almost ZERO credit...WHY?????

4 points
5
1
stockholder's picture

May 23, 2021 at 08:46 am

Before you think Gary maybe that Sack monster. You have to look at whom Gute passed on. Burns and M. Sweat. Both have More Sacks, Tackles and FF. And the Redskins have the #1 Defense in the NFL now. I got into this with Ross Iglem. Taking Gary and moving him. Instead of two guys NFL ready. Also, The reason Gute gets Zero Credit: is because he signed FAs ready to make that Jump. As opposed to drafting them, and building. And the Smiths ,Turner and Amos came here; because of the QB situation. Much like Reggie White etc. To win. Which now will take much much longer if Rodgers leaves. The 13-3 isn't because of Gute. Don't live on hope. Your only going to get a Vikings funeral.

-3 points
2
5
LambeauPlain's picture

May 23, 2021 at 09:55 am

Of Gutey's drafts, as of now, all but 4 of day 3 draft picks from the 2018 class are on the roster.

I would say he and his scout/personnel team are very good at talent evaluation.

-2 points
0
2
stockholder's picture

May 23, 2021 at 10:32 am

Roster yes. Starters No. Only Alexander makes that list. . No clear winners by any Means. The point was his 4 FAs - Smiths, Turner, and Amos were his bread and butter. Which were No Brainers!! And if he didn't make that switch with the saints. Hs drafts would have been like his last two. Just replacements. Think about who he replaced. Perry , CM3, Burnett, and Lang. Think who he hasn't replaced. Martinez, Daniels, Richardson, Bulaga, Nelson. And I'll say Graham and Randall have ate up to many draft picks. No to mention the OL now. Your Gute evaluation comes from roster turn over, rather then missing pieces.

1 points
1
0
jannes bjornson's picture

May 23, 2021 at 11:01 am

Jenkins makes the list , but he may be Hendrickson's guy.

0 points
0
0
Coldworld's picture

May 23, 2021 at 09:05 am

Much as I dislike Ball’s forays outside of his contract work ( I see him as the man whose over empowerment caused the decline in the teens), refusing to agree to guarantee Rodgers well into his 40s and assigning him even more of the cap as well as probably a hangover beyond his playing days is the opposite of incompetence.

No true Packer fan should be comfortable with any such deal. Fastest and surest way into not mediocrity but the cellar. That price is one Rodgers should not be asking for and no franchise should pay.

2 points
4
2
greengold's picture

May 23, 2021 at 09:12 am

Exactly. Somebody has to be the adult in the room. The Packers organizational structure allows for their numbers specialist to weigh in when necessity dictates, as they should.

1 points
1
0
LambeauPlain's picture

May 23, 2021 at 10:10 am

Agree CW, if Rodgers gets his pouty demands met, in a few years he'd be playing with UDFAs and rookies.

I would be shocked if he is in fact demanding Love be traded. Because in addition to being arrogant, resentful, and self centered....he'd be labeled a coward.

Before the 2020 draft he was asked if he thought the Packers would draft a QB in the first round and he said "it wouldn't surprise me. But it won't matter, because he won't beat me out."

I doubt he is demanding Love be traded. If he is....wow. Not a profile in courage.

2 points
2
0
Since'61's picture

May 22, 2021 at 12:39 pm

No question about Travis Williams as #1 on this list. He was remarkable. Four KO returns for TDs in 1967. Two of them came in the same game against the Browns.

Glad to see Herb Adderly as #2. A HOF CB and a great all around NFL player. He’s pretty high on my list of all time favorite Packers. Thanks, Since ‘61

15 points
15
0
jannes bjornson's picture

May 22, 2021 at 07:57 pm

Adderly was superb as a punt returner.

2 points
2
0
stockholder's picture

May 22, 2021 at 01:22 pm

Loved Travis William.

6 points
6
0
Alberta_Packer's picture

May 22, 2021 at 10:52 pm

Enjoyed the brief history. What struck me was how few outstanding return specialists there has been for the Packers over the last 50+ years. And they have seemed to carry on the tradition to date. In short, the Packers have been lousy or disinterested at finding good PRs and KRs - no doubt contributing to the ongoing dysfunction of the special teams.

P.s. Desmond Howard certainly on the top 5 list.

2 points
3
1
Leatherhead's picture

May 22, 2021 at 03:01 pm

I would be remiss if I didn’t point this out:

Our greatest kick returners averaged about 25 yards/return, which coincidentally is where you start from a touchback. There were some long returns.

And there were fumbles, and penalties, and injuries. Lots of them, for every long return.

So why would you try to return kicks if you didn’t have to? Unlike the old timers, every kicker in the league can reach the end zone and that’s where most kicks go. The kicks that don’t reach the end zone have to be returned and then the most important thing is don’t cough it up. The juice isn’t worth the squeeze.

4 points
6
2
Alberta_Packer's picture

May 22, 2021 at 03:18 pm

Certainly the rules of the return game have been amended for reasons of player safety - which have produced more touch backs and fair catches. So be it. However for those plays when a return is advisable - the Packers have failed to capitalize. Not since Randall Cobb have the Packers had a player who is capable of "breaking-one." And that type of player and return can change the dynamics of a game in an instant. Perhaps the team will do better with this year's crop of potential returners. It's almost impossible that they can do worse.

2 points
2
0
jannes bjornson's picture

May 22, 2021 at 08:03 pm

Three Phases of Football. Its been that way from Day One, maximize field position.

4 points
4
0
Leatherhead's picture

May 23, 2021 at 11:13 am

I agree. But returning punts and kicks has a cost, and that cost makes it unprofitable. Those turnovers and penalties and injuries cost you more than the yards you get on returns.

Get possession. Get the bottom of your roster off the field and your offensive stars on the field. Don’t fumble or take a penalty that hurts you.

0 points
0
0
wildbill's picture

May 22, 2021 at 03:05 pm

Back in the 60s special teams were kinda an after thought for most teams. If my memory serves me correct, which it often doesn’t, Lombardi was one of the first to emphasize special teams and I think George Allen also.

7 points
7.5
0.5
Since'61's picture

May 22, 2021 at 06:16 pm

Back in the Lombardi era many of the starting players were on special teams. For example, players like Nitschke, Dave Robinson, Lionel Aldridge and Willie Wood were on the punt return team. Herb Adderley returned KOs and most the starting OLs blocked on KO returns. Bart Starr was the holder for FGs and PATs. Hornung and Kramer kicked FGs and PATs. Until the Packers signed Don Chandler. Max McGee was the punter. The team’s starting Center made all of the snaps. The LS position did not exist.

What this meant was that the team had better football players on the field for Special Teams. Players who knew how to block, tackle, take angles and follow blockers. There weren’t any specialists per se, until the late 60s. Some this was due to smaller rosters and some was due to putting your best 11 on the field for every play.

In today’s game if your STs are mostly late round picks and/or UDFAs they are probably not very good football players. Coaches and rule changes are bigger variables in this era as well but the talent of the players remains the biggest factor on STs as well as the offense and defensive units.
Thanks, Since ‘61

6 points
7
1
Slim11's picture

May 23, 2021 at 08:33 am

Boyd Dowler also punted for a couple of those seasons.

Today's ST emphasis has created careers for players. Mason Crosby is an example. Can anyone imagine Jarrett Bush or Jeff Janis playing as long as they did if not for their ST performance? Outside of Green Bay, Bill Bates made a career as a ST contributor and #5/6 DB in Dallas. He was frequently released, then re-signed by the Cowboys because of his ST value.

2 points
2
0
SpikeHyzer's picture

May 22, 2021 at 06:28 pm

A punt is still a kick.

The category is returner.

No need to separate as so many do often do both duties (so why penalize a guy who only does one?).

Des should be #2 on this list.

3 points
4
1
Since'61's picture

May 24, 2021 at 12:00 am

Sea should be on the list but not at #2. He only spent one full season in Green Bay (1996). He returned in 1999 but it was late in the season IIRC.

I don’t think you put someone with 1+ Seasons with a team ahead of players who spent several years or their entire careers with the same team.

Herb Adderley is an NFL HOF and for now remains the best CB they ever had. Thanks, Since ‘61

0 points
0
0
SpikeHyzer's picture

May 22, 2021 at 06:31 pm

And you guys really need to clean up this site from spammers.
Abbiemoore should have that account deleted and you might want to get your IT dept. to create a filter that recognizes random number or letter streams as user names for the frauds they are.

Real fans on this site have real user names (often related to football).

2 points
2
0
PackerAaron's picture

May 22, 2021 at 07:13 pm

We're working on it. It's a far-reaching fix and will take some time, but it will get done.

7 points
7
0
Alberta_Packer's picture

May 22, 2021 at 10:59 pm

FYI - I've sent a similar message to CHTV (today and before) and so has greengold.

1 points
1
0
Coldworld's picture

May 23, 2021 at 09:11 am

In all fairness, it’s not just here. Other Packer blogs are experiencing the same phenomenon.

I heard a rumor Rodgers’ camp started it when heard that the fan base didn’t uncritically buy his draft day media feeds.

4 points
4
0
LeotisHarris's picture

May 22, 2021 at 08:37 pm

Can the list include Steve Odom and exclude his fellow "Touchdown Twin" Willard Harrell? I think not!

And, yeah, Desmond makes any all-time kick return list.

Remember when the CBS pregame show used to be a big deal. Before 24/7 talking heads? Nitschke was a guest on the show when it featured a piece on Travis Williams' slide into homelessness. Tears in Ray's eyes behind those black-rimmed glasses when they cut to him. I'll never forget that.

8 points
8
0
jannes bjornson's picture

May 22, 2021 at 08:09 pm

Passion and fellowship, no cheap imitation.

4 points
4
0
Tundraboy's picture

May 22, 2021 at 08:05 pm

Travis was my choice to pretend to be on the playground as a kid. Everyone had there favorites , most thought mine was odd but man was he fast and exciting.

5 points
5
0
Stroh's picture

May 23, 2021 at 12:26 am

Like others, IMO this list loses validity not including Howard. He was far more than a PR specialist. He was terrific on both Punt and Kick returns.

He had a very large impact on many games with his kick returns. Top 5 is fair.

I understand why it didn't continue, but IMO it was a mistake to take Cobb off returns.

0 points
2
2
Coldworld's picture

May 23, 2021 at 09:15 am

As Cobb’s role expanded on O, it became a question of work load and health. Most great returners that last aren’t playing a ton of snaps on O or D.

I agree with how you frame your comment on the exclusion of Howard. In terms of significance of his kick returns to the Franchise, he has to be up there.

1 points
1
0
Stroh's picture

May 23, 2021 at 05:43 pm

Like I said, I understand why he didn't continue on returns. But IMO, it was a mistake!

Thought I made that obvious.

0 points
0
0
jaxpackfan's picture

May 23, 2021 at 07:25 am

Willie Wood could be added to the list. He was a great punt returner.

Whoops sorry - I need to learn how to read the articles. Will was not a kick off return man.

0 points
0
0
jont's picture

May 23, 2021 at 09:20 am

As I read this, it really struck me to see 1,000 yard plus numbers. It just seemed huge.

To put it in perspective, GBs returners all together got 623 yards last season averaging 18.9. These numbers were 667 and 20.8 the year before and 644 / 21.5 for the 2018 season.

Opponents, meanwhile, got 1088 last year, 702 in '19, and 1022 in'18.

2 points
2
0
Qoojo's picture

May 23, 2021 at 09:41 am

First thing I did was scan the list to see where Howard ended up.

2 points
2
0
mnbadger's picture

May 23, 2021 at 10:25 am

Travis Williams was my goat as a KR. I saw the game on TV, as a kid vs Browns. He was the most explosive athlete I'd ever seen. He came to our small town to play in a basketball game, like globe trotters, with a bunch of other Packers. He was the most talented, exciting and joyful player to watch. Very sad how he fell and passed. FAS! GPG!

6 points
6
0
nostradanus's picture

May 23, 2021 at 10:38 am

I got the Road runners autograph when I was a kid, he seemed like a really nice guy and I loved him as a kick returner.
I always wanted to be him when I was playing pick up football with my buddies, even though I was the slowest guy in the field ha ha.

Even so, Desmond Howard has to rank at the top for that one unbelievable season he had during the 96 Super Bowl season and being named the Super Bowl MVP!

3 points
3
0
PatrickGB's picture

May 23, 2021 at 10:44 am

I think that some love needs to be given to the hard working STers. Many of them gunners, blockers and tackle machines. Yah they weren’t that good enough to be starters on offense or defense but it’s those guys who really make or break the third phase of the game.

4 points
4
0
Buckywunder's picture

May 23, 2021 at 06:57 pm

Saw the header and immediately thought “Travis Williams” before even reading the post.

Fond memories of Roadrunner that season! Well deserved accolades…

1 points
1
0
Ferrari-Driver's picture

May 24, 2021 at 10:03 am

Great list Gil and hard to argue with your ranking. I've been around long enough to see them all play in Lambeau Field and I will admit I did like Al Carmichael a lot. He had the nickname of "Hard hitting Al from Southern Cal" and we felt we could always count on him to bring it out beyond the "20". Travis Williams was just electric with the ball in his hands. Thanks for work in putting together this interesting article.

1 points
1
0
Starrbrite's picture

May 24, 2021 at 09:11 pm

Allen Rossum, Harrell, Wood, and Odom are are in the mix. Who can argue with Travis W..
I will always disagree with Leatherhead concerning special teams; they make a difference.

0 points
0
0