I was saddened by the news this morning that Don Meredith had passed away at the young age of 72. As a Dallas Cowboys fan as a kid (I have since come to my senses), who was surrounded by Cowboys fans, I always knew about “Dandy Don.” I came along a couple of years after Meredith retired, so he was fresh on the minds of Cowboy fans. I was a Roger Staubach guy, but everyone always talked about the greatness of Meredith.
I knew Don Meredith more as the guy on Monday Night Football who was the yin to Howard Cosell’s yang. For a country boy from Texas, it was great that Don was in there with the best of them. Monday Night Football was it back in the day when we only had about 5 channels, and Meredith was funny and cool to me.
I hate that we’re finally turning out the lights for Dandy Don.
Meredith’s wife, Susan, told The Associated Press on Monday her husband died in Santa Fe after suffering a brain hemorrhage and lapsing into a coma. She and her daughter were at Meredith’s side when he died.
“He was the best there was,” she said, describing him as kind, warm and funny. “We lost a good one.”
She said a private graveside service was being planned and that family members were traveling to Santa Fe.