Dorsett, Phillips remember Dandy Don

December, 7, 2010
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The tributes continue for former Cowboys quarterback and former broadcaster Don Meredith.

Former Cowboys coach Wade Phillips speaks fondly of Meredith.

His father, Bum, knew Meredith well. The former coach of the old Houston Oilers played on Monday Night Football a few times.

"As a Texan, overall, gee ... Dallas Cowboys was started with Don Meredith," Phillips said.

Meredith played from 1960-1968 and is currently fifth all-time in passer rating in franchise history. He still holds the team record for the most yards gained in a game (460). He set that on Nov. 10, 1963 against San Francisco. He also holds the longest pass completion in franchise history, a 95-yarder to Bob Hayes in 1966. (Editor's note: To rank the Cowboys' all-time QBs, click here.)

"He was special, especially to that group he played with," Phillips said. "I've been around a lot of those guys and they thought the world of him, and rightfully so."

Former Cowboys Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett said Meredith left the game too soon.

"When they were first starting the Dallas Cowboys, they were kind of like the doormat," Dorsett said. "They were getting their butt whipped, and Dandy Don took a lot of that punishment and he became an All-Pro. I guess the sad thing about it is he didn’t play long enough. He retired at a early age and did something else. He was going to do things his way and have fun with life."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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