Mel Renfro was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 1964 NFL Draft. Although he had won many accolades as a running back and at the time teams put their best athletes on the offensive side of the ball, Tom Landry looking to build a dominating defense decided to start him at safety. As a rookie he had an impressive season by leading the team with 7 interceptions, the NFL in both punt return and kickoff return yardage and culminated his great campaign with an invitation to the Pro Bowl. In his second year (1965), his 30 yards kick-off return average still remains as a franchise record.
In 1966 coming from an All-Pro season at safety, the Cowboys named him their starting halfback in an effort to improve its offense. He was injured in the opening game against the New York Giants and replaced by Dan Reeves, who was so impressive that Renfro was moved back to defense when he returned to action and would end up being named to the All-Pro team again.
Renfro joined the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1981, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996. During his time with the Cowboys, even though one of his teammates was former Olympic gold medalist Bob Hayes, many experts still considered him the best athlete on the team.
The Dallas Cowboys (8-7) overcame a 14 point deficit in the fourth quarter versus the Saints to force overtime but came up short with a 34-31 loss at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys still have a chance to win the NFC East title since the New York Giants loss today 33-14 to the Baltimore Ravens.
Next Sunday everything will be up for grabs in the prime time match up versus arch rival the Washington Redskins at FedEx field. The Redskins won the first matchup at Cowboys Stadium Thanksgiving day 38-31.
The Dallas Cowboys 38-33 win over the Eagles keep the Cowboys wildcard and NFC East chances alive. The win puts Dallas within one game of the NFC wildcard and one game of the NFC East title if the Redskins pulls off the win.
The Redskins (5-6) and the Giants (7-4) play tonight on Monday Night Football on ESPN.
Division Leaders(updated NFC standings as of 12/02/2012.)
1. Atlanta Falcons (11-1)*
2. San Francisco 49ers (8-3-1)
3. Green Bay Packers (8-4)
4. New York Giants (7-4)
5. Chicago Bears (8-4)
6. Seattle Seahawks (7-5)
In the Hunt
Dallas Cowboys (6-6)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6)
Minnesota Vikings (6-6)
St. Louis Rams (5-6-1)
Washington Redskins (5-6)
New Orleans Saints (5-7)
* Clinched NFC South
The Dallas Cowboys holds the tie breaker over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (09/23/12-Cowboys won 16-10)
Behind the return of starting running back DeMarco Murray the Dallas Cowboys defeated the hapless Philadelphia Eagles (3-9) 38-33 at Cowboys Stadium.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo passes Hall of Famer Troy Aikman for the Dallas Cowboys all-time touchdown mark, Romo finished the game 22 of 27 for 303 yards and three touchdowns.
The victory pulls the Dallas Cowboys (6-6) within one game of the NFC wildcard and if the Redskins defeats the New York Giants tomorrow night it will put the Redskins and the Cowboys a game closer to the NFC East title.
DeMarco Murray had 22 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown, wide receiver Dez Bryant caught six passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns, and tight end Jason Witten chipped in with 103 yards receiving.
Up next for the Cowboys will be the Cincinnati Bengals (7-5) at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Dallas Cowboys (5-5) edge the Cleveland Brown (2-8) 23-20 at Cowboy’s Stadium. The Cowboys led by Dez Bryant’s 12 receptions for a career-high 145 yards and a touchdown.
While Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo completed 35 of 50 passes for 313 yards and one touchdown, no interceptions. The victory not only puts the Cowboys even for the season it puts them only a game behind the New York Giants in the NFC East.
The NFL fines New York Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty 15,750 for hitting Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo with the crown of his helmet. However Canty was not penalized for the hit during 29-24 Cowboys loss.
In a game where turnovers plagued the Dallas Cowboys all game their huge comeback attempt comes up short as the New York Giants held on for a 29-24 victory in Cowboys Stadium. The stunning loss drops the Cowboys to overall record of 3-4 and are currently 1-1 in their division with four NFC East games remaining.
The Cowboys defense led by nose tackle Jay Ratliff was stellar most of the game only allowing the Giants offense a total of 293 yards and 13 points (five FG’s, 1 touchdown).
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo finished the game with 437 yards passing with a touchdown and four interceptions he also rushed for a touchdown. Cowboys tight end Jason Witten had a record-setting day with 18 receptions for 167 yards. Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin had nine receptions for 133 yards, and troubled wide receiver Dez Bryant chipped in with 5 receptions for 110 yards but he also had one costly fumble on a punt return.
Cowboys had a season-high six turnovers, five of them leading to New York scores.
Lance Dunbar had 142 yards for an average of 23.7 yards per return on kickoff returns.
Giants remain a perfect 4-0 in Cowboys Stadium.
Eli Manning was 15 for 29 for 192 yards and one interception.
The Dallas Cowboys football team have begun a “Stand Up and Shout” campaign to encourage the Dallas Cowboys fans to get on their feet, get loud, and help the Cowboys defense get a stop during home games.
Being a life long Cowboys fan I find it sad and pathetic that it has come to this where the team has to ask its fans to get up and shout and be rowdy at the home games. That is one of the main reason I started my fan club TrueBlueNation.
Here is the “Stand Up and Shout” campaign with the email via ESPNDallas.com that pleads with all Dallas Cowboys fans attending the game on Sunday to get loud on third downs when the Giants’ offense is on the field.
Dear [Season Ticket Holder],
Sunday we need every Dallas Cowboys fan to get on their feet, get loud and help the defense get a stop! Starting this week against the New York Giants, we will have a new third down graphic on the video board and we want you to get involved in the game.
When you see the video graphic playing on the video board, get on your feet and get LOUD! Together, we can make opposing teams dread coming to Cowboys Stadium.
If we all play our part, we can help give our Dallas Cowboys a true home field advantage.
Sincerely, Dallas Cowboys Football Club
Will the real Dallas Cowboys fans show up for the game Sunday? Or will it be status quo?
Dallas Cowboys starting left tackle Tyron Smith received a monster fine for his horse collar tackle on Giants linebacker Micheal Boley during the Cowboys vs Giants season opener at MetLife Stadium.
After Tony Romo threw the interception Smith hustled down and prevented Giants LB Boley from scoring the go ahead touchdown. The Giants later settled for a field goal after the Cowboys defense forced an 3 and out.
What a way to kickoff to the 2012 NFL season with an intense NFC East rivalry. The Dallas Cowboys (1-0) marched into MetLife stadium and silence the reigning Super Bowl Champions the New York Giants with a 24-17 statement win.
Cowboys QB Tony Romo completed 22 of 29 passes for 307 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Romo had a quarterback rating of 129.5 for the game. The surprise of the night was Kevin Ogletree’s coming out party. Ogletree finished the with a career high eight catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
The improved Dallas Cowboys defense showed why they could be a force to be reckoned with this year. The Cowboys defense led by outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware two sacks (101.5 of his career), and solid coverage by cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Cowboys rookie Morris Claiborne kept Giants receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks in check.
Everyone knows who America’s Team is but lately a number of teams have tried to take the name from the Dallas Cowboys.
Dan Graziano of ESPNDallas.com reports according to the first quarter 2012 ESPN Sports Poll of fans’ favorite teams, three of the top nine play in the NFC East. Here are the top 15 teams in popularity according to the poll, sorted by percentage of respondents who identified that team as their favorite:
1. Dallas Cowboys: 8.8 2. Green Bay Packers: 7.2 3. New York Giants: 7.1 4. Pittsburgh Steelers: 7.1 5. New England Patriots: 6.8 6. Chicago Bears: 4.2 7. New Orleans Saints: 4.1 8. San Francisco 49ers: 4.0 9. Philadelphia Eagles: 3.9 10. Denver Broncos: 3.8