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R.I.P. DON MEREDITH "Turn out the lights... the party
R.I.P. DON MEREDITH "Turn out the lights... the party's over"
Published: 2010/12/07
Channel: VidBrats
NFL - 1966 Dallas Cowboys - Led By Coach Tom Landry & QB Don Meredith imasportsphile.com
NFL - 1966 Dallas Cowboys - Led By Coach Tom Landry & QB Don Meredith imasportsphile.com
Published: 2016/01/08
Channel: Ima Sportsphile
Senators Finally "Wise" on Don Meredith Scandal | Rex Murphy
Senators Finally "Wise" on Don Meredith Scandal | Rex Murphy
Published: 2017/05/05
Channel: The National
Don Meredith Kicked From Conservative Caucus over Teen Affair Allegations
Don Meredith Kicked From Conservative Caucus over Teen Affair Allegations
Published: 2015/06/19
Channel: The National
Don Meredith resigns from Senate
Don Meredith resigns from Senate
Published: 2017/05/10
Channel: The National
Sen. Don Meredith begs forgiveness over relationship with teen
Sen. Don Meredith begs forgiveness over relationship with teen
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: The Canadian Press
Don Meredith talks about choosing SMU
Don Meredith talks about choosing SMU
Published: 2010/12/16
Channel: SMUVideo
A Tribute to "Dandy" Don Meredith - RRW #325
A Tribute to "Dandy" Don Meredith - RRW #325
Published: 2009/11/26
Channel: Rrwmissouri
Frank Gifford discusses his interaction with Don Meredith and Howard Cosell - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG
Frank Gifford discusses his interaction with Don Meredith and Howard Cosell - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG
Published: 2015/08/10
Channel: FoundationINTERVIEWS
Senator Cools on allegations agaisnt Don Meredith
Senator Cools on allegations agaisnt Don Meredith
Published: 2017/03/15
Channel: CTV News
Don Meredith Frm Lawyer Uses Child Marriages 2 Defend Affair w/ Teen | Selwyn Pieters
Don Meredith Frm Lawyer Uses Child Marriages 2 Defend Affair w/ Teen | Selwyn Pieters
Published: 2017/03/19
Channel: Women In Canadian Politics
Sen. Don Meredith Frm Lawyer - Racism Reason For Witch Hunt | Selwyn Pieters
Sen. Don Meredith Frm Lawyer - Racism Reason For Witch Hunt | Selwyn Pieters
Published: 2017/03/19
Channel: Women In Canadian Politics
Oreos and Don Meredith
Oreos and Don Meredith
Published: 2014/06/12
Channel: tvrepeater
DON MEREDITH - Turn out the lights... the party
DON MEREDITH - Turn out the lights... the party's over - YouTube4.flv
Published: 2011/11/24
Channel: Brad Dell
Fox Meredith Tribute
Fox Meredith Tribute
Published: 2010/12/12
Channel: CONTAGION1701
Evel Knievel, Don Meredith and Howard Cosell a rare comedy moment  before a jump
Evel Knievel, Don Meredith and Howard Cosell a rare comedy moment before a jump
Published: 2014/12/06
Channel: spectacular cycle jumps
1970
1970's Don Meredith Lipton Tea Commercial
Published: 2013/10/06
Channel: Sean Mc
Senator defends decision to send Don Meredith to women
Senator defends decision to send Don Meredith to women's conference
Published: 2017/03/15
Channel: The National
Interview - Senator Don Meredith
Interview - Senator Don Meredith
Published: 2013/02/14
Channel: Kingdom Buzz
Don Meredith - a legend RIP - NY Jets vs. Green Bay Packers MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Intro
Don Meredith - a legend RIP - NY Jets vs. Green Bay Packers MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Intro
Published: 2010/11/18
Channel: Football Forever
senator Don Meredith and his teen girlfriend
senator Don Meredith and his teen girlfriend
Published: 2015/06/18
Channel: Gavriilia Peloponnakos
Canada’s Senate investigates claims senator Meredith had affairs with teenage girl
Canada’s Senate investigates claims senator Meredith had affairs with teenage girl
Published: 2015/06/19
Channel: PressTV News Videos
Dean Martin & Don Meredith - Censors
Dean Martin & Don Meredith - Censors
Published: 2014/08/31
Channel: dino4ever
SENATOR DON MEREDITH IS TALKING TO NIGERIAN PROFESSIONALS AND VISIBLE MINORITIES IN CANADA
SENATOR DON MEREDITH IS TALKING TO NIGERIAN PROFESSIONALS AND VISIBLE MINORITIES IN CANADA
Published: 2012/12/02
Channel: Joy Osiagwu
The Investigators with Diana Swain - Kevin Donovan on investigating Senator Don Meredith
The Investigators with Diana Swain - Kevin Donovan on investigating Senator Don Meredith
Published: 2017/05/07
Channel: CBC News
Week 14 2010 (NFL) Cowboys Stadium Moment Of Silence For Don Meredith
Week 14 2010 (NFL) Cowboys Stadium Moment Of Silence For Don Meredith
Published: 2010/12/13
Channel: MFrancojr1
On the Bright Side - Profile on Senator Don Meredith
On the Bright Side - Profile on Senator Don Meredith
Published: 2014/03/17
Channel: cpac
Senator Don Meredith sex scandal
Senator Don Meredith sex scandal
Published: 2017/03/14
Channel: Igorkragrarov
Dean Martin & Don Meredith - Station Break
Dean Martin & Don Meredith - Station Break
Published: 2014/08/31
Channel: dino4ever
Don Meredith singing Travelin
Don Meredith singing Travelin' Man
Published: 2015/01/04
Channel: Don Seale
Don Meredith sings
Don Meredith sings 'Turn Out the Lights'
Published: 2010/12/06
Channel: SMUVideo
Don Meredith Dies At 72 - Monday Night Fottball icon - Turn Out the Lights
Don Meredith Dies At 72 - Monday Night Fottball icon - Turn Out the Lights
Published: 2010/12/07
Channel: JayBartelsTV
Sen. Don Meredith’s new lawyer downplays race card
Sen. Don Meredith’s new lawyer downplays race card
Published: 2017/03/24
Channel: The Canadian Press
Don Meredith & the Minor
Don Meredith & the Minor
Published: 2017/03/30
Channel: Nubian Official
"Dandy" Don Meredith - 1938 to 2010
"Dandy" Don Meredith - 1938 to 2010
Published: 2010/12/07
Channel: johnnyLiberty1776
Don Meredith Dies After Brain Hemorrhage
Don Meredith Dies After Brain Hemorrhage
Published: 2010/12/07
Channel: Associated Press
Don Meredith , Lipton Ice Tea commercial
Don Meredith , Lipton Ice Tea commercial
Published: 2015/10/12
Channel: MuchCommercial
Monday Night Football slideshow - Don Meredith - Howard Cosell - Frank Gifford
Monday Night Football slideshow - Don Meredith - Howard Cosell - Frank Gifford
Published: 2012/07/16
Channel: Rusty Brewer
Don Meredith 1980s Lipton Tea Commercial
Don Meredith 1980s Lipton Tea Commercial
Published: 2014/07/09
Channel: Sean Mc
A Tribute to "Dandy" Don Meredith
A Tribute to "Dandy" Don Meredith
Published: 2010/12/08
Channel: Jared Wise
Don Meredith Sex Scandal Response
Don Meredith Sex Scandal Response
Published: 2017/04/22
Channel: The Brother Moe and Bruiser Show
Sunday Scrum: Senate scandal
Sunday Scrum: Senate scandal
Published: 2017/03/19
Channel: CBC News
Senator Don Meredith
Senator Don Meredith
Published: 2015/01/28
Channel: Intercultural Dialogue Institute
Dean Martin, Arte Johnson & Don Meredith - The Galloping Ukrainian
Dean Martin, Arte Johnson & Don Meredith - The Galloping Ukrainian
Published: 2014/08/31
Channel: dino4ever
Dean Martin, Arte Johnson & Don Meredith - Wallflowers
Dean Martin, Arte Johnson & Don Meredith - Wallflowers
Published: 2015/01/06
Channel: dino4ever
Senators respond to Don Meredith
Senators respond to Don Meredith's resignation announcement
Published: 2017/05/10
Channel: CBC News
The Resurrection - A New Look - Message by Rev. Don Meredith
The Resurrection - A New Look - Message by Rev. Don Meredith
Published: 2015/04/06
Channel: Pentecostal Praise Centre Ministries
FEVA TV Interviews Filmmakers Chika Anadu, Tommy Oliver and Senator Don Meredith
FEVA TV Interviews Filmmakers Chika Anadu, Tommy Oliver and Senator Don Meredith
Published: 2013/12/06
Channel: FEVATVChannel
Don Meredith American Express Commercial (1967)
Don Meredith American Express Commercial (1967)
Published: 2017/06/05
Channel: Dave Volsky
Canadian Senator Urged to Resign Over Sexual Relationship With Teen
Canadian Senator Urged to Resign Over Sexual Relationship With Teen
Published: 2017/03/14
Channel: United News International
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Don Meredith
Don meredith cowboys.jpg
Meredith with the Dallas Cowboys
No. 17
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1938-04-10)April 10, 1938
Place of birth: Mount Vernon, Texas
Date of death: December 5, 2010(2010-12-05) (aged 72)
Place of death: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Career information
High school: Mount Vernon (TX)
College: SMU
NFL Draft: 1960 / Round: 3 / Pick: 32
AFL draft: 1960 / Round: 1 / Pick: territorial
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TDINT: 135–111
Passing yards: 17,199
Passer rating: 74.8
Player stats at NFL.com

Joseph Don "Dandy Don" Meredith (April 10, 1938 – December 5, 2010) was an American football quarterback, sports commentator and actor. He spent all nine seasons of his professional playing career (19601968) with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his last three years as a player. He subsequently became a color analyst for NFL telecasts from 19701984. As an original member of the Monday Night Football broadcast team on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), he famously played the role of Howard Cosell's comic foil.

Early years[edit]

Meredith was born on April 10, 1938 in Mount Vernon, Texas, located approximately 100 miles east of Dallas.[1] He attended Mount Vernon High School in his hometown,[2] where he starred in football and basketball, performed in school plays and graduated second in his class.[3]

College career[edit]

Even though he was heavily recruited by then-Texas A&M head coach Bear Bryant,[3] Meredith decided to play college football at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He led the Southwest Conference in passing completion percentage in each of his three years as the starting quarterback, and was an All-America selection in 1958 and 1959.[4] His fellow students jokingly referred to the school as "Southern Meredith University" due to his popularity on campus.[5] He completed 8 of 20 passes for 156 yards in the College All-Stars' 32–7 loss to the Baltimore Colts in the Chicago College All-Star Game on August 12, 1960.[6]

He would be honored twice by SMU in later decades. He was the recipient of the university's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1983. His jersey number 17 was retired during halftime ceremonies at the SMUHouston football match on October 18, 2008.[4] He was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982.[7]

Professional career[edit]

The Dallas Cowboys franchise was admitted to the league too late to participate in the 1960 NFL Draft, so on November 28, 1959, one month prior to the draft, Meredith signed a personal services contract with Tecon Corporation which, like the Cowboys, was owned by Clint Murchison. This contract meant he would play for the Cowboys if and when they received an NFL franchise. He was also selected by the Chicago Bears in the third round (32nd overall) of the 1960 NFL Draft,[8] after Bears owner George Halas made the pick to help ensure that the expansion Cowboys got off to a solid start. The league honored the contract, but made the Cowboys compensate the Bears with a third-round pick in the 1962 NFL Draft. He is considered by some to be the original Dallas Cowboy because he had come to the team even before the franchise had adopted a nickname, hired a head coach or participated in either the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft or its first NFL Draft in 1961.[9][10] Their crosstown rivals in the American Football League, the Texans, also chose him as a "territorial selection" in their 1960 draft, but were too late to sign him.

Meredith spent two years as a backup to Eddie LeBaron, eventually splitting time in 1962 before he was given the full-time starting job by head coach Tom Landry in 1963. In 1966, Meredith led the Cowboys to the NFL postseason, something he would continue to do until his unexpected retirement before the 1969 season. His two most heartbreaking defeats came in NFL Championship play against the Green Bay Packers, 34–27 in Dallas (1966), and the famous "Ice Bowl" game, 21–17 in Green Bay (1967).

"Dandy Don", while never leading the Cowboys to a Super Bowl, was always exceptionally popular with Cowboys fans who remember him for his grit and toughness, his outgoing nature, and his leadership during the first winning seasons for the Cowboys. During his career, he had a 50.7 percent completion rate, throwing for 17,199 yards and 135 touchdowns with a lifetime passer rating of 74.8. He was named the NFL Player of the Year in 1966 and was named to the Pro Bowl 3 times. According to the NFL, the longest pass with no yards after catch (YAC) was his 83-yard pass to Bob Hayes. However, the NFL does not keep statistics on the distance of actual passes.

Meredith, along with Harvey Martin, is among the few players to play his high school (Mount Vernon), college (SMU), and pro (Dallas Cowboys) career in and around the Dallas, Texas, area.

Post-football career[edit]

Meredith as Bert Jameson on Police Story, 1976.

Following his football career, Meredith became a color commentator for ABC's Monday Night Football beginning in 1970. He left for 3 seasons (19741976) to work with Curt Gowdy at NBC, then returned to MNF partners Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell. His approach to color commentary was light-hearted and folksy, in contrast to Cosell's observations and Gifford's play-by-play technique. He was known for singing "Turn out the lights, the party's over" (a line from a Willie Nelson song, "The Party's Over") at garbage time.

Meredith's broadcasting career was also not without a few incidents of minor controversy; including referring to then-President Richard Nixon as "Tricky Dick", announcing that he was "mile-high" before a game in Denver, and turning the name of Cleveland Browns receiver Fair Hooker into a double entendre. (saying "Fair Hooker...well, I haven't met one yet!") He retired from sportscasting after the 1984 season, a year after Cosell's retirement. His final broadcast was Super Bowl XIX with Frank Gifford and Joe Theismann, which was the first Super Bowl broadcast by ABC.

Meredith also had an acting career, appearing in multiple movies and television shows, including a recurring starring role as Detective Bert Jameson on Police Story. One episode, "The Witness", features a picture of Don in his Dallas uniform hanging on a wall in Delaney's bar while Don interviews witnesses to a robbery below his picture. He was in a series of commercials in the 1980s as Lipton Tea Lover, Don Meredith, a.k.a. "Jeff and Hazel's Baby Boy". He was featured in an episode of King of the Hill, ("A Beer Can Named Desire") in which he misses a throw that would have won the main character, Hank Hill, $100,000.00.

In 1976, Meredith was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor at Texas Stadium along with former running back Don Perkins.

The novel North Dallas Forty, written by former Dallas Cowboy wide receiver and Meredith teammate Peter Gent, is a fictional account of life in the NFL during the 1960s, featuring quarterback Seth Maxwell, a character widely believed to be based on Meredith, and receiver Phil Elliot, believed to be based on Gent. Maxwell and Elliot are characterized as boozing, womanizing, ageing stars in the twilight of their careers, held together by pills and alcohol. Of the story, Meredith said, "If I'd known Gent was as good as he says he was, I would have thrown to him more."[11]

Meredith was selected as the 2007 recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. He received the award at the Enshrinee's Dinner on August 3, 2007.

Family[edit]

Meredith was married three times. His first wife was former SMU cheerleader Lynne Shamburger; they were married from 1959 to 1963 and had one daughter, Mary. From 1965 to 1971 he was married to the former Cheryl King, with whom he had son Michael and daughter Heather. He met his third wife, the former Susan Lessons Dullea (ex-wife of actor Keir Dullea), as they were both walking down Third Avenue in New York City. They married in 1972.

Death[edit]

Meredith died on December 5, 2010, at the St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 72 years old.[10]

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