Don Meredith: Remembering a Football and Broadcasting Legend
The Dallas Cowboys lost one of the team's most recognizable figures on Sunday night as former quarterback and broadcast personality Don Meredith died at the age of 72 after suffering a brain hemorrhage and lapsing into a coma.
Meredith's wife, Susan, told reporters that the family has planned a memorial service in Santa Fe.
"He was the best there was," she said, describing him as kind, warm and funny. "We lost a good one."
Meredith started playing for the Dallas Cowboys in 1960, and beginning in 1965, he was their starting quarterback until he abruptly retired in 1968.
But even in his short career, "Dandy Don" made his mark as one of the Cowboys' most beloved players.
Meredith then went on to host Monday Night Football alongside Keith Jackson and Howard Cosell, and he became known for singing the Willie Nelson song, "Turn Out the Lights" when the game appeared to be over. Jackson was eventually replaced by Frank Gifford, and the new Monday Night Football trio became legendary.
Don Meredith was the type of football icon that made us all proud to be fans of the game.
Rest in peace, Dandy Don. You will be missed.