Monday, December 6, 2010

Dallas Cowboy Quarterback Don Meredeth, Dies!

Dallas Cowboy Quarterback Don Meredeth, Dies!

Dallas Cowboy Quarterback Don Meredeth, Dies!

Posted: 06 Dec 2010 10:59 AM PST

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Original Dallas Cowboy Quarterback

Don Meredith

Dead at the age of 72.

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.

He was the only living Cowboys Ring of Honor member unable to attend the franchise's September 2009 inaugural game at Cowboys Stadium.

Meredith was the original Dallas Cowboy, signing a personal services contract on Nov. 28, 1959, two months before the franchise officially gained admittance into the NFL.

Hailing from Mount Vernon in East Texas, the quarterback nicknamed "Dandy Don" had the unique distinction of playing all of his home high school, college and professional football games within 100 miles of Dallas.

"I'm very thankful," said Meredith, when a reporter from The News visited him in Santa Fe last October for a profile commemorating the 50th anniversary of his signing with the Cowboys. "I'm very thankful about where I'm from and who I am."

Full Story: Legendary Cowboys, SMU quarterback Don Meredith dies - by BRAD TOWNSEND/The Dallas Morning News

This is particularly sad news for me as I use to watch Don Meredith and the Cowboys with my Grandfather. And even went to a couple of games with Don Meredith quarterbacking, at the Cotton Bowl.

Thanks for the memories, Don.





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