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Turn Out the Lights: Don Meredith Dies

Very sad news.

One of my first/favorite memories as a snotty-nosed little kid was sitting atop Dad's shoulders at the Cotton Bowl, watching Bob Hayes race under beautiful bombs from a Dallas Cowboys' quarterback named Don Meredith.

Meredith, by way of Mount Vernon and SMU, was a two-time Pro Bowl pick and the NFL's Player of the Year in 1966. He played in the Ice Bowl, led the Cowboys to their first winning season and was inducted into the Ring of Honor in 1976.

But he did his best work goofing with Howard Cosell and singing on Monday Night Football.

From Cowboys owner Jerry Jones:

"Don Meredith was a Dallas Cowboys original. His wit, charm, and strength of personality were matched only by his wonderful leadership, toughness and athletic skill. His persona defined the Cowboys of the 1960s and set the course for what the franchise became. Throughout 50 years of history, the Cowboys legacy has been built by dynamic and colorful personalities who could also compete at the highest level. No one fit that description better than Don Meredith."

R.I.P, Dandy Don.

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