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Don Meredith highlights: Cowboys, TV

12/6/2010
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Don Meredith Dead At Age 72

Jay Harris looks back at the life of Cowboys and Monday Night Football legend Don Meredith

Don Meredith playing and broadcasting career notes of interest, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information:

  • All-American at SMU in 1958 and 1959

  • Third-round pick in 1960 NFL draft

  • Member of inaugural Cowboys team in 1960

  • Played nine seasons, all with Cowboys

  • Became full-time starting QB in 1963

  • Three-time Pro Bowler (1966-68 seasons)

  • Led Cowboys to NFL championship games in 1966 and 1967

  • Top-5 in Cowboys history in passing yards, TDs and completions

  • Inducted into Cowboys’ Ring of Honor in 1976

  • Said to be the only player to play his high school, college and pro football all in Dallas area

  • Became color commentator for ABC’s "Monday Night Football" in 1970

  • Spent three seasons (1974-76) with NBC; analyst for Super Bowls IX and XI

  • Returned to ABC as part of broadcasting team until end of 1984 season; analyst for Super Bowl XIX (ABC’s first Super Bowl)

  • Received Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from Pro Football HOF in 2007

  • Known for singing “turn out the lights, the party’s over” when game was in hand

  • Other notes on a well-rounded life:

  • Also had an acting career, appearing in multiple movies and TV shows

  • Recurring starring role on NBC show “Police Story”

  • Recorded a single in 1966, covering Ricky Nelson’s “Travelin’ Man”