Mel Renfro - 1971 Topps

Melvin Lacy Renfro (December 30, 1941-) was an All-American halfback at the University of Oregon as well as an All-American track star, competing in the 120-yard high hurdles and recording an exceptional 13.8 time. In 1962, Renfro was part of a 440-relay team that set a world record finishing with a since-broken time of 40.0 seconds. The Dallas Cowboys took Mel in the second round of the 1964 NFL Draft, but he was also selected by the Oakland Raiders in the tenth round of the 1964 AFL Draft. Renfro chose Dallas where he was utilized as a running back and defensive back and led the NFL in punt returns (32) and return yards (418) as well as kick returns (40) and return yards (1,017). He also led the Cowboys with seven interceptions. Mel possessed incredible speed and ability to read plays and move across the field with grace and agility, attacking and confounding wide receivers. He was an NFL All-Pro First Team selection in 1969 and earned ten NFL Pro Bowl invitations over his 14-year career. Mel was named the 1970 NFL Pro Bowl Most Valuable Player. Renfro played his entire career for “America’s Team” (1964-1977) and appeared in four Super Bowls (V, VI, X & XII) winning Super Bowl VI over the Miami Dolphins and Super Bowl XII over the Denver Broncos. Mel ended his career on top as a champion in 1977 after amassing 842 punt return yards and one return for a score and 2,246 kick return yards and two returns for touchdowns. He led the NFL in interceptions in 1969 with 10 and finished his career with 52 takeaways for 626 yards and three touchdowns. He scored a total of 36 points on one punt return, two kick returns and three interceptions for scores. Mel Renfro was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
3 NM-MT 8 (80)

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