Dallas Cowboys Career Defensive Leaders

Ranked by Interception Return Yards

The following are the Dallas Cowboys career defensive leaders ranked by interception return yards. Included are player stats for the Dallas Cowboys (NFL) from 1960-2019. Only stats for Regular Season Games have been included. Mel Renfro is the Dallas Cowboys career leader in interception return yards with 626.

Players active with the Dallas Cowboys during the 2019 NFL season are listed in bold.

      Interceptions
Player Gms Num Yds Avg Lg TD
1. M. Renfro 174 52 626 12.0 90t 3
2. C. Waters 160 41 584 14.2 56 2
3. D. Thurman 121 36 562 15.6 96 4
4. C. Green 182 34 552 16.2 59 2
5. L. Jordan 186 32 472 14.8 49t 3
6. M. Downs 116 34 433 12.7 31 1
7. M. Gaechter 108 21 420 20.0 100 1
8. C. Howley 165 24 395 16.5 58 2
9. E. Walls 133 44 391 8.9 37 0
10. D. Bishop 81 22 364 16.5 57 0
11. T. Newman 133 32 345 10.8 70 3
12. S. Lee 109 14 339 24.2 74 2
13. R. Williams 98 19 307 16.2 85t 3
14. C. Harris 141 29 281 9.7 60 1
15. D. Sanders 63 14 273 19.5 71t 2
16. D. Woodson 178 23 271 11.8 94t 2
17. D. Coakley 127 10 258 25.8 52t 4
18. H. Adderley 39 9 251 27.9 46 0
19. R. Fellows 86 17 240 14.1 58t 2
20. A. Henry 57 12 224 18.7 58t 2
21. R. Hughes 77 9 223 24.8 68 1
22. L. Brown 83 13 206 15.8 65t 2
23. K. Smith 103 19 190 10.0 32t 1
24. J. Tubbs 85 15 176 11.7 44 0
25. G. Teague 71 7 174 24.9 95t 2
26. B. Barnes 139 11 170 15.5 38 0
27. B. Carr 80 7 169 24.1 49t 2
28. J. Washington 77 14 145 10.4 25 0
29. I. Reese 56 7 136 19.4 46 0
30. M. Edwards 58 4 127 31.8 71t 2
31. B. Bates 217 14 122 8.7 29 0
32. J. Ridlon 21 4 121 30.2 74t 1
33. D. Clinkscale 71 9 116 12.9 68t 1
34. J. Heath 106 8 107 13.4 49 0
  M. Washington 106 13 107 8.2 23 0
36. L. Cole 176 4 102 25.5 43t 3
37. B. McCann 11 1 101 101.0 102 1
38. G. Ellis 162 4 97 24.2 87t 1
  D. Lewis 186 8 97 12.1 29 0
40. K. Hamlin 44 6 93 15.5 35 0
41. A. Mitchell 31 4 92 23.0 56 0
42. J. Jeffcoat 188 2 91 45.5 65t 2
  M. Johnson 54 8 91 11.4 49 0
44. I. Holt 55 9 85 9.4 64t 1
45. E. Lockhart 104 6 83 13.8 32 1
46. S. Wilson 48 6 82 13.7 35 0
47. R. Horton 58 5 80 16.0 65t 2
48. T. Henderson 67 3 79 26.3 79t 1
  W. Livingston 67 10 79 7.9 29 0
50. J. Wilcox 58 5 78 15.6 46 0