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American Football Database
Mike Renfro
Date of birth: (1955-06-19) June 19, 1955 (age 66)
Place of birth: Fort Worth, Texas
Career information
Position(s): Wide receiver
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
College: Texas Christian
NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 4 / Pick: 98
 As player:
Houston Oilers
Dallas Cowboys
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Michael Ray Renfro (born June 19, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas) is a former American professional football player.

NFL career

NFL Draft

Renfro was selected by the Houston Oilers in the fourth round of the 1978 NFL Draft. A 6'0", 186-lb. wide receiver from Texas Christian University, Renfro played in 10 National Football League seasons for the Oilers and Dallas Cowboys from 1978 to 1987.

Houston Oilers

Renfro became known for catching a pass in the 1979 AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which ultimately was ruled incomplete. Late in the 3rd quarter, Renfro appeared to make a touchdown catch for the Houston Oilers to tie, but after the officials huddled together (instant replay did not exist at this time), the catch was ruled incomplete and the Steelers would go on to win 27-13. Replays clearly show that Renfro did get both feet inbounds with control of the football. Challenges based on instant replay would not become a part of the NFL rules until years later.[1] Renfro's nullified catch did, however, get the instant replay process underway.[2][3]

Dallas Cowboys

One of Renfro's best performances came on Thanksgiving Day 1987 against the Minnesota Vikings. Renfro caught seven passes for 100 yards and 3 touchdowns from Quarterback Danny White in a game the Cowboys lost 44-38 in overtime.

Personal life

His son, Clint, is currentlyTemplate:As of? a senior at TCU and transferred his college football scholarship over to track and field due to multiple injuries. He attended Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas, where he helped lead the team to state championships as a wide receiver three out of four years.