Mel Gray was originally with the Los Angeles Express of the USFL.He was chosen by the New Orleans Saints in the 1984 Supplemental draft and was on the official roster from 1986 to 1988.

Left the Saints in 1989 for Detroit Lions where he became the Lions All Time Leading Kick & Punt Returner. 1427 Punt Return yards, 5478 Kick Return Yards and 5 Kickoff Return touchdowns. Also had kick return scores of 102 & 101 yards in his 12-year career.

Voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame All-90s teams as a kick returner he made 4 Pro Bowls with the Lions. In his 6 years with Detroit he had over 1400 punt return yards and almost 5500 kick return yards. In addition to the yardage Mel Gray has 5 touchdowns on kick returns and 2 touchdowns on kick returns.


Image Gallery of Mel Gray, Returner, 1986-1997



Mel Gray Football Cards


Mel Gray’s Career Return Statistics
Punt Returns Kick Returns
Year Age Tm No. Games Ret Yards TD Long Y/R Ret Yards TD Long Y/Rt APYd
1986 25 NOR 37 16 31 866 1♦ 101♦ 27.9 940
1987 26 NOR 37 12 24 352 0 80 14.7♦ 30 636 0 43 21.2 1055
1988 27 NOR 37 14 25 305 1 66 12.2 32 670 0 39 20.9 975
1989 28 DET 23 10 11 76 0 15 6.9 24 640 0 57 26.7 785
1990*+ 29 DET 23 16 34 361 0 39 10.6 41 939 0 65 22.9 1300
1991*+ 30 DET 23 16 25 385 1 78 15.4♦ 36 929♦ 0 71 25.8♦ 1367
1992* 31 DET 23 15 18 175 1 58 9.7 42♦ 1006 1 89 24.0 1181
1993 32 DET 23 11 23 197 0 35 8.6 28 688 1♦ 95 24.6 885
1994*+ 33 DET 23 16 21 233 0 24 11.1 45 1276 3♦ 102♦ 28.4♦ 1522
1995 34 HOU 21 15 30 303 0 20 10.1 53 1183 0 54 22.3 1486
1996 35 HOU 21 14 22 205 0 40 9.3 50 1224 0 88 24.5 1429
1997 36 Oilers/Eagles 14 19 161 0 30 8.5 9 193 0 33 21.4 354
11 games TEN 21 11 17 144 0 30 8.5 8 185 0 33 23.1 329
3 games PHI 28 3 2 17 0 11 8.5 1 8 0 8 8.0 25
6 seasons Lions 84 132 1427† 2 78 10.8 216† 5478† 5† 102 25.4 7040
3 seasons Oilers 40 69 652 0 40 9.4 111 2592 0 88 23.4 3244
3 seasons Saints 42 49 657 1 80 13.4 93 2172 1 101 23.4 2970
3 games Eagles 3 2 17 0 11 8.5 1 8 0 8 8.0 25
12 Year NFL Career 169 252 2753 3 80 10.9 421 10250 6 102 24.3 13279
  • + – All-Pro Selection
  • * – Pro Bowl Selection
  • – Led the League
  • – #1 All-Time Lions Record


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