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Posts Tagged ‘Mount Vernon Texas.’

We say goodbye to fun-loving ‘Dandy Don’ Meredith

Don Meredith, one of the most fun-loving athletes of all time as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys and in the broadcast booth for Monday Night football with Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell, died earlier in the week at age 72 after suffering a brain hemorrhage and lapsing into a coma in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Joseph Don Meredith born April 10, 1938 in Mount Vernon, Texas,  loved country music and was a pal of singer and fellow Texan, Willie Nelson, used words from Willie’s songs such as “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.”

Don Meredith (photo used by permission as a courtesy from the College Football Hall of Fame)

Meredith, who was a star at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. At SMU, he became an All-American quarterback in 1958 and 1959. Don had a chance to stay in town and play for the Cowboys from 1960 to 1968, helping lead “America’s Team” from a winless expansion team. In 1960, they were 0-11-1 to a championship caliber team which lost twice to the Green Bay Packers twice for the Super Bowl berth. Don was just 31 years old when he retired before training camp in 1969. A year later, he wound up in the broadcast booth for Monday Night football.

He was with Monday Night football from 1970 through 1984. He also turned to acting, playing a detective on Police Story on the NBC network. He also was a very successful commercial pitchman for Lipton tea.

compiled from staff, Southern Methodist University, Dallas Cowboys & College Football Hall of Fame news