Don Meredith passes away at age 72
Don Meredith, a legendary figure who helped turn “Monday Night Football” into the sporting legend it’s become, died Sunday night in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 72.
Meredith, a former quarterback for SMU and the Dallas Cowboys, was more well known for his work in the booth as an announcer on “Monday Night Football.” He was a member of the original crew when the show was born in 1970 and had two stints with the show spanning a total of 12 seasons.
Meredith had fought emphysema, according to the Dallas Morning News, and suffered a stroke in 2004. The second player inducted into the Ring of Honor in Cowboys history, Meredith was unable to travel to the inaugural game at the stadium last season. Meredith left the public eye after leaving the broadcast booth following the 1984 season. But he made a huge mark on the show. He famously would sing “The Party’s Over” when he determined a game was out of reach. But Meredith did much to keep viewers tuned in during some of those blowout games.
Meredith led the Cowboys to two championship games but abruptly retired in 1968 at age 31.
“I don't know how badly I'd feel if I wasn't remembered at all,” he famously once said.
Dandy Don need not worry. He will be remembered by many. Surely, there will be adequate tributes to Meredith during tonight’s “Monday Night Football” game.
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