In Memoriam: Dandy Don
Via the DMN: Legendary Cowboys, SMU quarterback Don Meredith dies.
Don Meredith, the Dallas Cowboys and SMU quarterback and Monday Night Football icon, died Sunday evening in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 72.
Meredith died at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, a hospital spokesman confirmed this morning. The Meredith family’s attorney, Lisa Fine Moses, said his wife, Susan, and daughter Mary were at his side.
Meredith had battled emphysema in recent years and suffered a minor stroke in 2004.
My memories of the Cowboys start with the Staubach era, so I don’t remember Meredith as a player. However, I very much remember his days in the MNF booth. As such, a wistful rendition of “Turn out the Lights” is order.
UPDATE (James Joyner): Same here in terms of my recollection of Meredith, which come entirely from “Monday Night Football” and iced tea commercials.
Here’s an NFL Films retrospective on Meredith as player:
And a Lipton commercial from 1983:
And here’s a rendition of “Turn Out The Lights,” sans any actual video: