A Surprise Name Sits Atop The Atlanta Falcons Touchdown Return Leaders


Over the years, the Atlanta Falcons have had a number of very good, and very fast, players fill the roles of kick returner and punt returner. Some of the great players who have brought back kicks and punts for the team include Deion Sanders, Todd Kinchen, Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Allen Rossum, Eric Metcalf, Tim Dwight, Darrien Gordon, Jerious Norwood, Roell Preston, and Byron Hanspard. Who sits atop the list though when it comes to number of touchdowns brought back by return in one season by a Falcons player? None other than Darrick Vaughn who returned three kickoffs for touchdowns during the 2000 season.

Darrick Vaughn played defensive back at Southwest Texas State before being taken in the 7th round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. It was during his rookie year that he would establish the all time record for touchdown returns in one season. He would play the same position the next year, and go on to return one more kickoff for a touchdown, before leaving the Falcons. He surfaces two years later in 2003 as a member of the Houston Texans, but following that season there is no more mention of him receiving any game experience. In an NFL career that lasted just three seasons, two of which with the Falcons, Darrick Vaughn left his mark on the team’s record book.

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