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5. Mel Renfro

Mel Renfro was a football and track star at the University of Oregon, Mel Renfro was a college Running Back, but Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys had other ideas for his speed.

Renfro was converted into a Safety, and like many rookie safeties, he was also used as a returner.  He would lead the NFL in Returns and Return Yards and had seven picks.  Renfro was also named to the Pro Bowl, and that would usher in a ten-year run of selections to that post-season honor.  Renfro would lead the NFL in Interceptions with 10 in 1969 and had 52 in a career spent entirely with the Cowboys.  Renfro was also a vital part of Dallas wins in Super Bowl VI and XII.

This was an outstanding career for someone who was not a Defensive Back in college!

Renfro would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996, and the Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1981.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Cornerback, Punt Returner, Safety
  • Acquired: Selected in the 2nd Round, 17th Overall of the NFL Draft 12/2/63.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1977 Season.
  • Games Played: 174
  • Notable Statistics:

    153 Games Started

    52 Interceptions

    626 Interception Return Yards

    3 Interception Return Touchdowns

    13 Fumble Recoveries

    44 Fumble Recovery Yards

    109 Punt Returns

    842 Punt Return Yards

    1 Punt Return Touchdown

    85 Kick Returns

    2,246 Kick Return Yards

    2 Kick Return Touchdowns

    130 Approximate Value
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (VI & XII)

    First Team All-Pro (1969)

    Second Team All-Pro (1964, 1965 & 1972)

    Pro Bowl Selection (1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 & 1973)

    Most Kick Returns (1964)

    Most Kick Return Yards (1964)

    Most Punt Returns (1964)

    Most Punt Return Yards (1964)

    Most Returns (1964)

    Most Return Yards (1964)

    Most Interceptions (1969)
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