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Don Meredith, 'Monday Night Football' Analyst, Dead at 72

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 6th 2010 1:00PM
Monday Night Football teamDon Meredith, the former 'Monday Night Football' co-host, has died at the age of 72.

Meredith passed away in Santa Fe, NM of complications from emphysema and a brain hemorrhage he suffered on Sunday. He previously suffered a stroke in 2004.

Meredith was probably unknown to many younger TV viewers, but "Dandy Don" was everywhere in the 1970s and '80s. His trademark while calling games, besides his casual demeanor and humor, was singing 'Turn Out The Lights' when it was obvious that the game was indeed over.

Here's the opening from the original 'Monday Night Football':

Besides co-hosting ABC's football telecasts with Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford from 1970-73 and then again from 1977-84, he also called games with Curt Gowdy over on NBC in between those years. He appeared on many talk shows and game shows like 'Match Game' and 'Liar's Club,' acted in TV shows like 'Police Story,' 'Midnight Caller,' 'McCloud,' 'Police Woman,' and made a funny appearance as himself on 'King of the Hill.' He also appeared in several TV suspense movies like 'Sky Heist,' 'Terror on the 40th Floor,' and 'Mayday at 40,000 Feet!'

He even recorded a single in the mid-'60s.

Meredith might be just as well known for his several Lipton Tea commercials as he is for 'Monday Night Football':

Before becoming a broadcast analyst, Meredith played football for Southern Methodist University and then for the Dallas Cowboys. FanHouse noted that as a Texas native, he helped boost the popularity of a new franchise team. He led the Cowboys to two NFL championship games, made three Pro Bowls and was was the league's player of the year in 1966. But Meredith retired suddenly in 1968 at the age of 31 because he didn't have his heart in the game.

Meredith's wife Susan was by his side when he died. It''s unknown if ESPN will air a tribute to Meredith before tonight's New England Patriots/New York Jets game.

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he discussed the relationship short.

"It's a great guy," Romo said. "I was lucky in the little time I got to know him to show his personality and recoup some of his wisdom. It will certainly be missed. It began with the Cowboys at the beginning, the guy franchise he will be missed. We pray for him and his family. " Don Meredith http://usspost.com/don-meredith-23637/

December 06 2010 at 4:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Morgan Christopher

This is a sad loss. Dallas' city magazine had a great article about Dandy Don--the author spent some time with him this fall. It's a great tribute that every fan should read: http://www.dmagazine.com/Home/D_Magazine/2010/October/Don_Meredith_the_First_Dallas_Cowboy.aspx

December 06 2010 at 1:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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