Monday, December 06, 2010

RIP "Dandy" Don Meredith

Quarterback and Monday Night Football personality Don Meredith died last night at the age of 72. He was the foil to Howard Cosell's wit and alcohol-fueled on air persona. Just click on this post's title for a tribute to the entertaining man he became. As Don sang at the end of MNF...

"Turn out the lights, the party's over, they say that all good things must end....."

RIP Dandy Don. Here's an official release...

"Don Meredith, the legendary Cowboys quarterback who also manned the "Monday Night Football" booth, passed away Sunday evening at 72. Meredith had been battling emphysema in recent years and suffered a stroke in 2004. The Texas native was the first Cowboy, signing a contract in 1959, two months before the team was admitted into the NFL. Meredith led the Cowboys to NFL title games in 1966 and 1967, losing both contests to the Packers, before abruptly retiring at 31 in 1968. He joined the MNF booth in 1970 and became beloved for his work there before stepping down in 1984. As a player and broadcaster, "Dandy Don" was known for his charisma and sense of humor. He was also a prolific passer, throwing the Cowboys to relevancy, though his failure to secure a championship for Dallas gained him criticism from the team's fans."

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