A couple of years ago, I drafted a post about classic articles focusing on former Dallas quarterback Dandy Don Meredith. I concluded the post with:
Cowboys’ fans almost always rank Meredith among the greatest Cowboys, and any disappointment with the team’s performance in the 1960s has long since vanished. He did not attend the ceremony after the final game at Texas Stadium, one of the few surviving members of the Ring of Honor who did not show up. But that is precisely what has become the norm for Meredith, for he doesn’t need the applause.
Today is a sad day, as Meredith died of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 72 on Sunday.
Matt Mosley wrote a nice piece about Meredith, noting:
I never had the opportunity to meet Meredith, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. He lived his life in the spotlight as a star quarterback at SMU and then as the quarterback of the Cowboys under coach Tom Landry in the early days of the organization. He then became one of the more celebrated TV analysts in the country with his work on ABC’s “Monday Night Football.” He was actually more of an entertainer than an analyst, and he was the perfect complement to Howard Cosell’s acerbic approach in the booth.
Those in my generation remember Meredith as the Monday Night Football personality, but his place as a Cowboy great was never lost. Mosley again has captured the sentiment:
Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman are certainly the best quarterbacks in the history of the franchise. But I don’t think either one of those guys will argue with the statement that Meredith will always be the most beloved. There are a lot of Cowboys fans of a certain age today who will have trouble fighting back the tears.
This is a profound loss to the organization. And even those of us who never had the pleasure of knowing Don Meredith will miss him.
Below is a video showing Meredith’s highlights.