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Don Meredith Dead At Age 72 (2:39)

Jay Harris looks back at the life of Cowboys and Monday Night Football legend Don Meredith (2:39)

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”