Football lost a great hero yesterday. On Sunday Don Meredith, famous quarterback and pop culture pioneer died in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Meredith is most famous for his time spent on America’s team, the Dallas Cowboys when he led the team to their very first winning season in 1966.
Meredith also contributed his winning personality and contagious cackle to Monday Night Football in its premier season in 1970. Before football was a staple to television audiences around the country on Monday night, Don Meredith teamed up with Howard Cosell and Keith Jackson to create the first ever Monday Night Football commentary panel. They left behind the bland announcing voices and added personality and spirit to the prime time telecast.
Meredith also lent his charm to several television spots and commercials, winning over audiences around the country on and off the football field. Meredith will be buried in Santa Fe in a small ceremony, but his legacy will stay as large as his smile. He will be remembered by football players, fans and followers alike.