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Don Meredith

Born: 1938-04-10 - Died: 2010-12-05
Cause of Death:
Brain Hemorrhage


Death Summary: Meredith died in Santa Fe, New Mexico, after suffering a brain hemorrhage and lapsing into a coma.

Who was Don Meredith : Don Meredith is a famous member of the NFL, who is uniquely regarded as both a great player and a great commentator. He amassed 17,199 yards, and threw for 111 touchdowns, all while leading the Dallas Cowboys to two consecutive NFL Championship games in 1966 and 1967.

Meredith's story starts at Southern Methodist University, where he started as Quarterback for three years. He led the Southwest Conference in passing completion percentage every year he started, and won All-American honors in 1958 and 1959. In 1960, he was drafted by the Chicago Bears to which he was almost immediately traded to the Dallas Cowboys for future draft picks.

Meredith's first few years in Dallas saw him sharing time with Eddie LeBaron. It wouldn't be until 1965 that Meredith would receive full time starting duties, a decision made by legendary coach Tom Landry. In 1966, Meredith led the team to their first postseason. Something he would do until his unexpected retirement in 1969. He never won a Super Bowl, but Meredith became a legendary figure in Texas. Due to his entire career in football, from high school to the NFL, being played in north Texas.

After his playing career, Meredith joined the Monday Night Football team by way of commentating. During this time he became well renowned for his light-hearted and funny persona. Which played well off Cosell and Gifford's more technical analysis. He actually brought a bit of controversy to the commentating game, calling President Nixon 'Tricky Dick' on air, and saying he was "mile-high" before a game in Denver.

In 1974, Meredith left MNF for NBC to work with Curt Gowdy. This wouldn't last, and Meredith would eventually return to ABC in 1977, where he would broadcast until he retired in 1984. Along with commentating, Meredith had an acting career, and appeared on a wide array of television shows and movies. He would do commercials as well, becoming most famous for his Lipton Tea campaign.

Meredith was inducted into the Cowboy's Ring of Honor, and received accolades from the NFL Hall of Fame for his commentating. Meredith is survived by his wife, Susan.
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24 Signatures in Don Meredith's guestbook

  1. daniel snell Says:

    i linke the game

  2. gt chisholm Says:

    excellent athlete/entertainer..a positive for the nfl image..played for the greatest texas coach ever..

  3. paul s blake Says:

    i will miss him on monday night football &tv comeraicals.

  4. EMMA GILBREATH Says:

    I enjoyed watching “Dandy Don” play pro ball. I also enjoyed watching and listening to him on Monday nites. He was the most enjoyable of the 3 guys. Howard was hoot, and Frank was, well Frank.
    I’m sorry to hear that Don is no longer with us. I’m sorry for the loss for his family. I’m sure they will miss him very much.

  5. james shepard Says:

    ” Turn out the lights .. the parties over” RIP Dandy Don

  6. Javier Flores Says:

    Our condolences to your family. We are huge fans of him, on and off the field. He will not be forgotten because he is what made the Dallas Cowboys what they are now. I can only imagine that the greatness was 10 fold with his family.
    God Bless you
    Flores Family 17

  7. J.R. Spencer-Naples,TX Says:

    Growing up in East Texas and graduating from Paul H. Pewitt H.S. in 1962 I have been a long time fan of Dandy Don through out his football and media career. Loved his East Texas sense of humor and always knew what he was talking about. Turn out the lights..the parties over. They say that all good things must end. Bet Willie didn’t mind you singing his song.

  8. I A Campbell Says:

    A true Dallas Cowboys icon will be greatly missed. My condolonces to his surviving family and friends from a longtime admiring fan. Rest in peace, Don…

  9. DeWayne Drummond Says:

    From the Mile High City, “We sill miss you Don!” You were great on MNF.

    DeWayne

  10. DeWayne Drummond Says:

    Meant “will”

  11. DeWayne Drummond Says:

    Boy do those videos bring back some great memories.
    RIP Dandy Don.

  12. Bruce & Ann McDaniel Says:

    !959-61 we were newly weds stationed at Carswell AF base and we saw Don play for SMU and the Cowboys.We always liked Don and especially the way his easy manner made Howard Cosell look stupid. Our love and prayers are with you.
    Ann McDaniel

  13. Stephen Lindsey Says:

    Thanks for the memories DON. Turn on the lights; your party is just gettin’ started.

  14. Dwain Hall Says:

    Don was an inspiration. My eighth grade couch(Newsom)at Hughes Springs, was Don’s basketball couch at Mt Vernon. He took us to some of Don’s high school games. As good a basketball player as football. Thanks for the memories;high school,SMU,Cowboys.

  15. Leon Frailey Says:

    R I P : Don Meredith

  16. Ed cherry Says:

    RIP One of the best

  17. pete gent Says:

    Okay, you can get up now.

  18. C.A. Parke Says:

    A great athlete and broadcaster. I just loved this man on Monday Night Football. He had no equal. He was a joy. Many very nice memories of him.

  19. Bo & Summer Fraga Says:

    You will be missed and never forgotten.

  20. Lisa Palmgren Hogg Says:

    I remember watching Him as a Kid with My Dad in Texas when I was a Child….Everyone was a Don Meredith Fan…He was the “Man” …So Very sorry to hear of the Loss to the World…God will take good care of them….Their Passing is Never easy…I know..It is never easy..Blessings to the Family…
    Sincerely,Lisa Palmgren Hogg

  21. Jennifer Martinez Says:

    im doing a project on him… he sounds like a really cool person :)

  22. GERALDINE MALLOY Says:

    LOVE YOU GUY DEAN

  23. Liz Kincaid Says:

    Rest in peace. God Bless you!!!

  24. Marco Says:

    Yeah!!!! perfect for you as you begin to head into cledor months but are you in the midst of harvest time? canning? May God grant you fun hours of sewing your new quilt!


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