Legendary NFL quarterback “Dandy” Don Meredith died Sunday of a brain hemorrhage. He was 72.
Don was the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys when they joined the NFL in 1959. He led the team to the 1966 and ’67 NFL title games both of which they lost to the Packers.
He retired just before the start of the 1969 season, at the age of 31, and went straight into broadcasting. In 1970, he became part of ABC’s original “Monday Night Football” announce team, along with Howard Cosell and Keith Jackson. He left in 1984.
(–He actually left ABC for NBC in 1974, but returned to “Monday Night Football” in 1977.)
One of his trademarks was to sing Willie Nelson’s “The Party’s Over” whenever it looked like a team had the game won. Meredith was also famous for his TV commercials for Lipton Tea. Here’s a tribute to the legendary player and broadcaster.