2. Mel Renfro, 1971 Pro Bowl
Young Cowboys fans might not remember Mel Renfro but he was one of the key pieces of the classic "Doomsday Defense". He made the Pro Bowl ten times in his career and was named second-team all-pro four times. The 1971 Pro Bowl became Renfro's personal showcase.
After losing Super Bowl V to the Baltimore Colts, Renfro made the trip to Los Angeles. The game was scoreless after the first quarter before both teams traded field goals to go into halftime tied up. 49ers quarterback John Brodie broke the tie with a touchdown pass to Vikings running back Dave Osborn. Both teams traded field goals again making it 13-6 going into the fourth quarter.
This was when Renfro took over. He returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown and then another for a 56-yard score to help seal the win for the NFC with a 27-6 victory. After the game he was named the MVP along with Green Bay Packers linebacker Fred Carr. Out of all of Renfro's ten trips to the Pro Bowl, this was his most memorable.
Renfro might have been one of the best defensive backs of his era, but he was just as deadly in the return game. He is the Cowboys' all-time leader in interceptions with 52 but also the all-time leader in kickoff return average clocking in with 26.4 yards in 85 career returns. Renfro helped Dallas win their first two Super Bowls in 1971 and 1977, the second being his last game before retiring. He was voted into the team's ring of honor in 1981 and the Hall of Fame in 1996.