Born on this Day: SMU Legend Don Meredith

Born on this day in Mount Vernon, Texas the great, venerable "Dandy" Don Meredith. Meredith attended Mount Vernon High School where he played football, basketball and finished second in his class. After graduating, Meredith was recruited heavily by Paul "Bear" Bryant at Texas A&M but chose to attend SMU. 

At SMU, Meredith was a two time All-American and set a Southwest Conference record with a 69.6 completion percentage. He led the league in total touchdowns three straight years and passing yards twice. Meredith played for Bill Meek at SMU and the 1958 Mustangs ended the season ranked in the AP Top 20. 

The Chicago Bears selected Meredith in the third round of the 1960 NFL Draft, but traded him to a young Dallas Cowboys franchise for future draft picks.

Throughout his nine-year career with the Cowboys, "Dandy" Don was one of the Cowboys' most recognizable stars, leading his team to three straight division championships and trips to consecutive NFL Championship games following the 1966 and 1967 seasons. 

In 1976, Meredith was inducted into the Cowboys' "Ring of Honor".

Following his playing days, Meredith had a successful TV career as an analyst on ABC's "Monday Night Football". 

Meredith joined MNF in 1970. After three seasons, he left to work at NBC, but soon returned to MNF alongside partners Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell. He was known for singing Willie Nelson’s "Turn Out the Lights, the Party's Over" when the game appeared to be decided. 

Meredith retired from the booth following the 1984 season. His final broadcast was Super Bowl XIX.

Meredith passes away December 5, 2010 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

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Posted on April 10, 2017 and filed under SMU, Southwest Round-Up.