Long-time NFL quarterback and broadcaster Don Meredith died Sunday. He was 72.
Meredith was honored in 2007 with the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award that recognizes “long-time exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.”
“Dandy Don” began his television career shortly after stepping off the football field. He was an original member of ABC-TV’s Monday Night Football crew in 1970. He was key member of that broadcast team from 1970-72 and again from 1977 to 1984. In between, he left ABC and joined NBC where he was placed with the legendary Curt Gowdy and Al DeRogatis.
His signature line while on Monday Night Football was his somewhat out-of-tune singing of “the party’s over” at the end of blowout games.
Before heading to the television booth, Meredith had a successful pro playing career as the quarterback of the for nine seasons (1960-68). He was named to three Pro Bowls during his career and led the Cowboys to its first-ever championship game in 1966. He was inducted into the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor in 1976.
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