Dandy Don Meredith was a “Cowboy” from Mount Vernon Texas 100 miles east of Dallas. Not much happens in Mount Vernon so an All American football player is a big deal. Just 15 miles up the road from my place, it makes this loss more personal.
Watching Meredith quarterback the cowboys in the 60’s was mostly frustrating. My best friend was a Green Bay fan and the NFL title games in 66 and the “Ice Bowl” in 67 were disasters. I like to remember him for Monday Night Football that debuted my senior year of High School in 1970.
Watching Monday Night Football, he made you feel like you were watching the game with a buddy and he won an Emmy for sports broadcasting on ABC’s Monday Night Football, as a result. Don Meredith, Howard Cosell, and Frank Gifford got the week off to a good start. We learned to dislike Cosell and love Dandy Don.
Meredith looked and sounded like a Texas country boy, but as we say in Texas, “he didn’t come to town in a turnip wagon”; he caught Cosell off guard plenty of times. We all remember that when the game was won, Don would sing Willie Nelson’s, “Turn Out the Lights, the Party’s Over” December 5th, 2010.