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RIP 'Dandy' Don Meredith

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by wrbanwal, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    Monday Night Football legend 'Dandy Don' Meredith dies – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs


    Don Meredith, an all-pro quarterback who made his greatest impact on the game after he finished playing, died Sunday at a Santa Fe, New Mexico, hospital, according to a spokesman. Meredith, above at center, was 72.

    The spokesman was unable to confirm the cause of death.

    Meredith, nicknamed "Dandy Don," was part of the original Monday Night Football broadcast team when the program debuted on ABC in 1970.

    At that time, virtually no NFL games appeared in prime time, and many at the time thought it would fail because - wait for it, wait for it - women who controlled the TV set at night would not want to watch football. (Digital video recorders could have solved a lot during such TV gender wars.)

    But in a then-unprecedented three-man broadcast booth, Meredith and Howard Cosell - joined by Keith Jackson the first year and Frank Gifford (above at right) after that - created a broadcast unlike any other.

    Cosell (above at left), a former New York lawyer, and Meredith, the Cowboy from Texas, provided commentary and entertainment that attracted football and non-football fans alike. Their success was chronicled in the 1988 book "Monday Night Mayhem."

    Meredith left Monday Night Football in 1984, but the series has run for 40 years - first on ABC, and more recently on ESPN. (Both networks are owned by Disney.)

    Before entering the broadcast booth, Meredith played college football for Southern Methodist University and eight years for the Dallas Cowboys. He made three Pro Bowls and was the league's player of the year in 1966.

    There is no word yet if ESPN plans to honor Meredith during tonight's Monday Night Football game between the New York Jets and New England Patriots
     
  2. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    RIP "Dandy" Don
     
  3. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    Turn Out The Lights
     
  4. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man New Member

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    The Party is Over

    I will never forget him singing that song on MNF
     
  5. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Don was always one of my favorites, dude had some wild stories to tell. RIP Don, the party is just beginning.
     

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