Don Meredith

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Don Meredith
Don Meredith Police Story 1976.JPG

Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: April 10, 1938(1938-04-10)
Place of birth: Mount Vernon, Texas, U.S.
Date of death: December 5, 2010(2010-12-05) (aged 72)
Place of death: Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.
Career information
College: Southern Methodist
NFL Draft: 1960 / Round: 3 / Pick: 32
Debuted in 1960 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 1968 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TD-INT 135-111
Yards 17,199
QB Rating 75
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
College Football Hall of Fame

"Dandy Don" Meredith (April 10, 1938 - December 6, 2010) was an American football player. He was born in Mount Vernon, Texas (about 100 miles east of Dallas. He died in Santa Fe, New Mexico from a brain hemorrhage. He was 72 years old. Meredith was a quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys from 1960-1968. In 1970 he became a television broadcaster when he joined the Monday Night Football crew.

Football career[change | change source]

Meredith studied at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He played quarterback for SMU for three years. He was selected as an All-America in 1958 and 1959. In 1960, he was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the third round. He was then traded to the Dallas Cowboys for future draft picks. In 1960, the Cowboys were a newly formed expansion team.

Meredith played quarterback for the Cowboys from 1960 to 1968. In 1965, he became the starting quarterback. In 1966, he led the Cowboys to their first winning season, with a record of ten wins, three losses, and one tie. He threw a career-high 2,805 yards and 24 touchdown passes. He was named NFL Player of the Year and selected to the Pro Bowl.[1] He led the Cowboys to three division titles. He played in the 1966 and 1967 NFL Championship games.

"Dandy Don" announced his retirement in 1969, the same day that Roger Staubach was released from the Navy. Staubach then replaced Meredith as the quarterback. Meredith was 31 years old and in the prime of his career.[2]

Meredith was inducted to Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1976. He and Don Perkins were the second and third players added to the ring.[3]

Television[change | change source]

Don Meredith was one of the first athletes to move into television broadcasting as a color commentator. He joined Keith Jackson and Howard Cosell at Monday Night Football (MNF) in 1970. In 1973, he left MNF to join NBC for three years. In 1977, he returned to MNF until his retirement in 1984.[4] He also appeared in a number of TV shows and movies, including Police Story and commercials for Lipton Ice Tea.[5]

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