The following is a list of the players with the most interception returns for touchdowns in NFL history. This is an important list because players with the ability to return interceptions for touchdowns can change the outcome of a game in record time.
It takes a player with real skill to return enough interceptions for touchdowns to make this list. I’ve listed every player with at least nine career interception returns for touchdowns. Three of the players on the list are already in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and every player on the list will probably be inducted one day.
Players with Most Interception Returns for Touchdowns in NFL History
1. Rod Woodson – 12
Rod Woodson holds the record for most interception returns for a touchdown in NFL history with 12. Woodson had five interception returns for touchdowns in 10 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, five returns for TDs with the Baltimore Ravens in five years, and two more interception returns in two years with the Okalnd Raiders.
For his career, Rod Woodson had 71 interceptions, the third most in NFL history. So Rod Woodson returned 17% of his interceptions for touchdowns. Rod Woodson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio in 2009.
T-2. Charles Woodson – 11
Charles Woodson has 11 interception returns for touchdowns so far in his career. Woodson returned just two interceptions for touchdowns in nine years with the Raiders, and had nine interception returns for TDs in seven years with the Green Bay Packers.
For his career, Charles Woodson has 56 interceptions. So he has returned 19.6% of his career interceptions for touchdowns so far in his career.
T-2 Darren Sharper – 11
Darren Sharper is tied for the second most interception returns for touchdowns in NFL history with 11. Sharper had five interception returns for TDs over eight years with the Green Bay Packers, three in four years with the Minnesota Vikings, and two more in two years with the New Orleans Saints.
For his career, Darren Sharper had 63 interceptions, which is tied with Ronnie Lott for the sixth most in NFL history. So Darren Sharper returned 17.5% of his interceptions for touchdowns in his career.
T-4. Deion Sanders – 9
Neon Deion Sanders was not much of a tackler in his career, but he could be a game changer by making a critical pick six. Sanders is tied for the fourth most interception returns for touchdowns in NFL history with nine.
Deion Sanders had three interception returns for TDs over five years with the Atlanta Falcons, three more in one season with the San Francisco 49ers, two over five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, and one pick six over two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. Sanders had 53 career interpretations, so he returned 17% of them for touchdowns.
T-4. Aeneas Williams – 9
Aeneas Williams had six interception returns for touchdowns over 10 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, and three more returns for TDs over four seasons with the St. Louis Rams. Aeneas Williams had 55 career interceptions, so he returned 16.4% of them for touchdowns.
T-4. Ken Houston – 9
Ken Houston had nine interception returns for touchdowns in his career, which is tied for fourth best in NFL history. All of Ken Houston’s interception returns for TDs came during his six seasons playing for the Houston Oilers from 1967-1972.
In 1973, Ken Houston joined the Washington Redskins, where he played for eight seasons without recording a pick six. In 1971, Ken Houston had four interception returns for touchdowns, which is tied for the most in a single season in NFL history.
For his career, Ken Houston had 49 interceptions, so he returned 18.4% of his picks for TDs. Ken Houston was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.