MEL RENFRO

MEL RENFRO

Class of 1996
Cornerback, Safety >>> 6-0, 190
(Oregon)
1964-1977 Dallas Cowboys

Melvin Lacy Renfro ... No. 2 draft pick, 1964 ... College All-American, super track man ... Started as safety, finished as cornerback ... Return specialist early in career ... Earned Pro Bowl berth first 10 years ... All-Pro five years, All-conference seven times ... Career record: 52 interceptions, 842 punt return yards, 2,246 kickoff return yards ... Led NFL in interceptions, 1969, punt and kickoff returns, 1964 ... Born December 30, 1941, in Houston, Texas.

Mel Renfro excelled as a blue-chip defensive back for the Dallas Cowboys from 1964 to 1977. The 6-0, 190-pounder, who had been an All-America halfback as well as an outstanding track star at the University of Oregon, was the Cowboys’ second-round pick in the 1964 NFL Draft.

He began his career at safety but switched to cornerback in his fifth season. It was as cornerback that he enjoyed his greatest success in the NFL. During his first three seasons, Renfro also excelled as a punt and kickoff return specialist.

Renfro, who was born December 30, 1941, in Houston, Texas, had a spectacular rookie season in 1964. He led the Cowboys with seven interceptions, topped the NFL in both punt return and kickoff return yardage and culminated his great campaign with an invitation to the Pro Bowl.

Renfro, who was blessed with 4.65 speed and an exceptional ability for lateral movement, earned a Pro Bowl invitation his first 10 seasons but did miss the 1973 game because of injury. An All-NFL choice in 1964, 1965, 1969, 1971, and 1973, he also earned all-conference honors seven times.

Mel led the NFL with 10 interceptions in 1969. In his 14-season career, Renfro intercepted 52 passes that he returned for 626 yards. He returned 109 punts for 842 yards and 85 kickoffs for 2,246 yards and a sparkling 26.4-yard average.

In his career, he scored six touchdowns, three on interceptions, one on a punt return and two on kickoff runbacks. Renfro played in eight NFL/NFC championship games and four Super Bowls. His interception set up the Cowboys winning touchdown in a 17-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the 1970 NFC title game. He retired after Super Bowl XII.

       
Season Team
G
Int
Yds
Avg
TD
       
1964 Dallas
14
7
110
15.7
1
       
1965 Dallas
14
2
92
46.0
1
       
1966 Dallas
11
2
57
28.5
0
       
1967 Dallas
9
7
38
5.4
0
       
1968 Dallas
14
3
5
1.7
0
       
1969 Dallas
14
10
118
11.8
0
       
1970 Dallas
14
4
3
0.8
0
       
1971 Dallas
14
4
11
2.8
0
       
1972 Dallas
14
1
0
0.0
0
       
1973 Dallas
14
2
65
32.5
1
       
1974 Dallas
11
1
6
6.0
0
       
1975 Dallas
11
4
70
17.5
0
       
1976 Dallas
9
3
23
7.7
0
       
1977 Dallas
11
2
28
14.0
0
       
Career Total
174
52
626
12.0
3
       
 
Season Team
G
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
No.
Yds
Avg.
TD
1964 Dallas
14
32
418
13.1
1
40
1017
25.4
0
1965 Dallas
14
24
145
6.0
0
21
630
30
1
1966 Dallas
11
21
123
5.9
0
19
487
25.6
1
1967 Dallas
9
3
-1
-0.3
0
5
112
22.4
0
1968 Dallas
14
0
0
0.0
0
0
0
0.0
0
1969 Dallas
14
15
80
5.3
0
0
0
0.0
0
1970 Dallas
14
13
77
5.9
0
0
0
0.0
0
1971 Dallas
14
0
0
0.0
0
0
0
0.0
0
1972 Dallas
14
0
0
0.0
0
0
0
0.0
0
1973 Dallas
14
0
0
0.0
0
0
0
0.0
0
1974 Dallas
11
1
0
0.0
0
0
0
0.0
0
1975 Dallas
11
0
0
0.0
0
0
0
0.0
0
1976 Dallas
9
0
0
0.0
0
0
0
0.0
0
1977 Dallas
11
0
0
0.0
0
0
0
0.0
0
Career Total
174
109
842
7.7
1
85
2246
26.4
2
Additional Career Statistics: Rushing: 8-52; Receiving 4-65; Fumble Recoveries: 13-44

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