What is the Kickoff Returner in Football?
The kickoff returner in football is a player on the special teams whose goal is to catch and return kickoffs and punts from the kicking team. There are normally two kick returners on kickoffs and one during punts. The kickoff returner has one of two goals: return the ball to good field position for the offense about to take the field, or return the kick of a touchdown. The latter goal is much more unlikely, but it does happen.
The kick returner can signal a fair catch by waving their arm. Whenever they catch the ball after signalling a fair catch, the play is called dead and the team is given the ball at the spot of the fair catch. If the ball bounces into the endzone before the kick returner touches the ball, it is called a touchback and the team is given the ball at the 25 yard line.