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    Legendary Cowboys, SMU quarterback Don Meredith dies


    09:58 AM CST on Monday, December 6, 2010
    By BRAD TOWNSEND/The Dallas Morning News
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    Don Meredith, the Dallas Cowboys and SMU quarterback and Monday Night Football icon, died Sunday evening in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 72.

    Meredith died at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, a hospital spokesman confirmed this morning. The Meredith family's attorney, Lisa Fine Moses, said his wife, Susan, and daughter Mary were at his side.

    Meredith had battled emphysema in recent years and suffered a minor stroke in 2004.

    He was the only living Cowboys Ring of Honor member unable to attend the franchise's September 2009 inaugural game at Cowboys Stadium.

    Meredith was the original Dallas Cowboy, signing a personal services contract on Nov. 28, 1959, two months before the franchise officially gained admittance into the NFL.

    Hailing from Mount Vernon in East Texas, the quarterback nicknamed "Dandy Don" had the unique distinction of playing all of his home high school, college and professional football games within 100 miles of Dallas.

    "I'm very thankful," said Meredith, when a reporter from The News visited him in Santa Fe last October for a profile commemorating the 50th anniversary of his signing with the Cowboys. "I'm very thankful about where I'm from and who I am."

    He had given few interviews since leaving the Monday Night Football booth in 1984, preferring to remain largely out of the public eye while residing in Santa Fe with Susan, to whom he was married for 38 years.

    Meredith was a two-time All-American at SMU and played for the Cowboys from 1960 to 1968. He led the Cowboys to the 1966 and 1967 NFL title games, both defeats to the Green Bay Packers, but he abruptly retired from pro football at age 31.

    Already famous in his native Texas, he quickly became a national celebrity through his work on Monday Night Football, starting in 1970. Millions tuned in each week to hear Meredith's quick wit, homespun stories and needling of intellectual booth-mate Howard Cosell.

    And, famously, Meredith would croon "The Party's Over" to viewers when he determined that the game was out of reach.

    Of his Cowboys career, Meredith once mused, "I don't know how badly I'd feel if I wasn't remembered at all."

    Despite being the first quarterback to lead the Cowboys to a winning season, then the two NFL title game appearances, Meredith was often booed by fans who blamed him for not taking the franchise to the top.

    "He took too much of the blame, and I think the press blamed him way too much," teammate Lee Roy Jordan said. "I'm disappointed that we – the coaching staff and all of us other players – didn't take a more responsible role in taking on some of that negative press."

    Longtime Cowboys president and general manager Tex Schramm once said of Meredith: "He had a wonderful sense of humor and a very laid-back personality. But he was an absolutely intense competitor who could rally a team. He was very charismatic, maybe the most charismatic player we had."

    Despite the championship losses to the Green Bay Packers of Vince Lombardi and the awful performance against the New York Giants that deprived him of the passing championship, Meredith is the football player turned folk hero. He was the country kid who left tiny Mount Vernon in East Texas for college stardom at SMU and a celebrated NFL career with the Cowboys, one commemorated with his induction into the team's Ring of Honor in 1976.

    He was born and raised in Mount Vernon but moved to a spacious adobe house in Santa Fe in 1982.
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    Wow. I know he had been in bad health for some time. I was too young to have watched him play but I remember watching, listening to him on those TV broadcasts with Cosell and Gifford. Brought alot of enjoyment to football in the early days of MNF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwood P. View Post
    Wow. I know he had been in bad health for some time. I was too young to have watched him play but I remember watching, listening to him on those TV broadcasts with Cosell and Gifford. Brought alot of enjoyment to football in the early days of MNF.

    RIP
    I watched MNF every week with my Dad for as long as I can remember until I was in highschool. Alot of very fond memories right there. Frank, Howard and Don are untouchable in my mind.

    Even though he had been out of the media for a long time he is missed.
    I'll take one Meredith over 20 Kornheisers or Dierdorfs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Filthy 150 View Post
    I'll take one Meredith over 20 Kornheisers or Dierdorfs.
    Ain't that the truth!
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    Yeah, that "Monday Night" team with Cosell, Meredith and Gifford was something else. Made the game a lot of fun, that's for sure. Well, except for one night almost 30 years ago...

    Rest in Peace, Dandy Don, thanks for the memories

    I think that's wild that all of his football home games in high school, college and the NFL were played in Texas. That's awesome! Wonder if there are any other athletes like that?

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    The first Cowboy? That's a really cool claim to fame.


    Obviously no recollection of him as a player but no doubt I will always associate him with MNF. Tough to see him die at what now doesn't seem that old.

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    I'll have a glass of Lipton icea tea tonight in his honor.
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    Turn out the lights the party's over..
    They say that all good things must end..
    Let's call it a night the party's over and tomorrow starts the same old thing again..

    Rest In Peace Dandy Don....

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    Yesterday was Dimebag's anniversary, today we loose another COWBOY (from Hell)

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    Hell of a QB as well as broadcaster. RIP
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    Frank Gifford, Dandy Don and Howard Cosell. Madden/Summerall. 1a and 1b as announcer teams.

    Don and Cosell are probably arguing right now over something.
    Dealing with it.

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    My Dad and I always looked forward to him singing that dumb son in the 4th quarter on Monday night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seenbad View Post
    My Dad and I always looked forward to him singing that dumb son in the 4th quarter on Monday night.
    "Turn out the lights, the party's over"



    Thanks for the memories, Dandy Don!

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    Quote Originally Posted by seenbad View Post
    My Dad and I always looked forward to him singing that dumb son in the 4th quarter on Monday night.
    Yup! I think a lot of us were!
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