December 6, 2010 by staff
Dandy Don, Don Meredith oozed charm. He first conquered the city of Dallas with his play at quarterback, and then won the country with her folk style of broadcasting at home. Now, Don Meredith will remain a legend. Sunday, December 5, Don Meredith died after suffering a massive stroke in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the age of 72.
Don Meredith first became known to fans of NFL football when he was named the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys in 1965, He then led the team to its first winning season ever, and then led the Cowboys to two games consecutive NFL title, losing in both. Dandy Don turned the Cowboys into winners, and they eventually became “Team America.”
In a city that was completely new to professional sports, Don Meredith almost single-handedly put Dallas on the map, and became the first of many sports celebrities who have played for the Dallas Cowboys in years past fifty years.
Don Meredith retiring in 1969 at the age of 31. Although he never explained why he retired so early, Meredith knew that a young star has been on the road to Dallas: Roger Staubach. You can call Dandy Don Meredith many things, but dumb is not one of them.
In 1970, ABC introduced a new concept in professional sports: Monday Night Football (MNF). A year later, Don Meredith joined the broadcast team original Monday Night Football, with Keith Jackson and legendary broadcaster Howard Cosell celebrity. Former athlete Frank Gifford celebrity eventually replaces Jackson, and the three became an instant sensation overnight.
The back and forth between Dandy Don Meredith and Howard Cosell was epic in nature. Meredith, never funny, slightly sting Cosell would constantly and the relationship between the two became instant fodder for journalists and critics.
There are not many people in life who can say they had a hand in launching two dynasties. Don Meredith has done exactly this with the Dallas Cowboys and Monday Night Football. As Don Meredith used to say at the end of games rash, “Turn out the lights, the party is over.”
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