#17 Mel Renfro
Dallas Cowboys Defensive Back 1964-1977
Cowboys Hall of Fame Defensive Back Mel Renfro Bio
Cowboys Cornerback Mel Renfro Career Highlights
10-Time Pro Bowl
Cowboys Career Record 52 interceptions
Dallas Cowboys Career Record 26.4-yard kickoff-return average
Dallas Career Record 626 interception return yards
2 Super Bowl Titles
4 NFC Championships
9 Division Titles
Consensus All-American, 1962
More info from DCA on Ring of Honor inductee Mel Renfro:
Out of the University of Oregon, Mel Renfro was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 1964 draft. He came to the Cowboys a highly acclaimed running back, however, Tom Landry envisioned Renfro as a defensive back for the team.
Renfro spent 14 years with the Cowboys and was arguably the best safety-cornerback ever to play for the Cowboys and one of the best to ever play in the National Football League. He was elected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first 10 seasons and played in four Super Bowls and eight NFC Championships.
The Cowboys soon figured out a way to capitalize on Renfro’s running ability, having him return punts and kickoffs early in his career. It is, however, his interception abilities that Renfro was best known for during his career.
Mel Renfro became the fifth member of the exclusive Ring of Honor in 1981 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996 in his 14th year of eligibility.
Mel Renfro’s Combined Career Stats
Wow Coach Landry said that!!!
In the middle of Renfro’s All-Pro 1969 season, Legendary Coach Tom Landry was uncharacteristically complimentary toward one of his players, calling him “the best in the league at free safety.”