New Arrival: Ray “The Rabbit” Renfro, WR, Cleveland Browns

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I have a couple Renfro items, and written about him HERE and HERE.  Still, I have not really been able to find a quality index card, but I did find this 8×10 that I am happy with.

Despite the fact that he died in 1997, and played during the 50’s, people still jump on his autograph when they can, so it can get a little pricey.  I think it is well deserved.

Renfro was a 4th Round draft pick of the Browns in 1952.  He did not put up eye-popping numbers since his quarterback during his run with the Browns was Otto Graham, who was one the greatest ever, but did not lean heavy on the pass game.  While primarily a receiver, he was also a running back.  During his 1953 season he recorded 4 TD and 352 yards on the ground, while another 4 TD and 722 yards as a receiver.

Renfro would retire with a 19.6 YPR, good for 15th best all time.  All told he would make the Pro Bowl in 1953, 1957 and 1960; he would be a second team All-NFL selection in 1955 and 1959.  He would retired with 281 receptions and 5,508 yards with 50 TD as a receiver, and 682 yard on 137 attempts on the ground with 4 TD.  Renfro would be part of two Championship teams (1954 and 1955), and three other Championship games that were lost (1952, 1953, 1957).  In those games, he caught 12 passes for 178 yards and 3 TD, while running 47 yards in 11 carries.

While he was a great receiver, he was also a mentor to Hall of Famer Paul Warfield, who began his career the season after Renfro retired.

  Receiving Rushing
Year Age Tm Pos G Rec Yds Y/R TD Y/G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G
1952 23 CLE PR 11 1 8 8.0 0 0.7 10 26 0 11 2.6 2.4
1953* 24 CLE   12 39 722 18.5 4 60.2 60 352 4 58 5.9 29.3
1954 25 CLE LH 7 13 228 17.5 1 32.6 29 151 0 35 5.2 21.6
1955 26 CLE LH 12 29 603 20.8 8 50.3 29 90 0 14 3.1 7.5
1956 27 CLE LH 12 17 325 19.1 4 27.1 4 24 0 10 6.0 2.0
1957* 28 CLE LH 12 21 589 28.0 6 49.1 2 22 0 16 11.0 1.8
1958 29 CLE RH 12 24 573 23.9 6 47.8 3 17 0 12 5.7 1.4
1959 30 CLE RH 12 30 528 17.6 6 44.0            
1960* 31 CLE FL 12 24 378 15.8 4 31.5            
1961 32 CLE FL 14 48 834 17.4 6 59.6            
1962 33 CLE FL 14 31 638 20.6 4 45.6            
1963 34 CLE   12 4 82 20.5 1 6.8            
Career       142 281 5508 19.6 50 38.8 137 682 4 58 5.0 4.8
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/16/2014.
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