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Mel Renfro


Melvin Lacy Renfro

Inducted 1986

Date of Birth



Houston, TX


University of Oregon (1961-1963)


Mel Renfro moved out of his native Houston, Texas, and attended high school in Portland, Oregon. Mel then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he played halfback at 5-11 and 190-pounds. Coach Leonard Casanova called Mel the best all-around football player he ever had. Renfro earned All-West Coast recognition as a sophomore, junior and senior. He led Oregon in rushing and scoring throughout his three seasons. He wound up in third place on Oregon's all-time career scoring list with 141 points, finished seventh on the all-time rushing list with 1,532 yards, and had the third longest run in Oregon history with an 80 yarder against Idaho in 1961. Selected consensus All-America in 1962, and a first-team pick in 1963, Mel was also chosen for the all-time, all-Northwest football team by a panel of sportswriters and former players from the area. He was also a track All-america as he ran the 120-yard high hurdles in 13.8 seconds. Renfro played pro football with the Dallas Cowboys for 14 years (1964-77).


Height 5'11

Weight 190

Career Highlights

  • 1963 First Team All-America
  • 1962 Consensus All-America
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