Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Mel Renfro

Mel Renfro


  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Oregon
  • High School: Portland, OR (Jefferson HS)
  • Years: 1961-1963
  • Inducted: 1986
  • Place of Birth: Houston, TX
  • Date of Birth: Dec 30, 1941
  • Jersey Number: 20
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 190

Member Biography

Mel Renfro moved out of his native Houston, Texas, and attended high school in Portland, Oregon. It was a natural progression for him to move 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, and 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 First Team in 1962, Mel was also chosen for the all- time, all-Northwest football team by a panel of sportswriters and former players from the area. In addition, thanks to a 13.8 clocking in the 120-yard high hurdles, he qualified for All- America status in track. Renfro played pro football with the Dallas Cowboys for 14 years (1964-77).