Dallas Cowboys: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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123. . Cornerback. (1964-1977). Mel Renfro. 8. player

Widely considered to be the greatest defensive secondary player ever to don a Dallas Cowboys uniform, Mel Renfro began his legendary career as a second-round selection in the 1964 NFL Draft. At Oregon, Renfro was an All-American running back and track star.

The unconventional Cowboys, who were more interested in athletic traits and team fit, played Renfro at safety for his first four seasons in Dallas. The second-rounder also excelled early as a special teams returner.

In his rookie season, Renfro recorded an impressive seven interceptions and was named to the first of 10-straight Pro Bowls. In 1968, the Cowboys shifted the All-Pro safety to cornerback. The following year, Renfro would lead the NFL with 10 interceptions.

When Renfro’s career ended after 14 seasons, he had amassed a whopping 52 interceptions, which is still the Cowboys’ all-time record. On top of his 10 Pro Bowl nominations, the defensive back was named an All-Pro seven times.

Mel Renfro also helped the Dallas Cowboys win two Super Bowls. Made a member of the Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1981, Renfro was finally elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996. To this day, many still believe that he was the best overall athlete ever to play for Dallas.