Joseph "Dandy" Don Meredith (April 10, 1938 – December 5, 2010) was an American football quarterback, sports commentator and actor. He spent all nine seasons of his professional playing career (1960–1968) with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his last three years as a player. He subsequently became a color analyst for NFL telecasts from 1970–1984. As an original member of the Monday Night Football broadcast team on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), he famously played the role of Howard Cosell's comic foil. Meredith was also an actor who appeared in a dozen films and in seven major television shows, some of which had him as the main starring actor. He is probably familiar to television audiences as Bert Jameson, a recurring role he had in Police Story.
Meredith with the Dallas Cowboys
|Born:||April 10, 1938|
Mount Vernon, Texas
|Died:||December 5, 2010 (aged 72)|
Santa Fe, New Mexico
|High school:||Mount Vernon (TX)|
|NFL Draft:||1960 / Round: 3 / Pick: 32|
|AFL draft:||1960 / Round: 1 / Pick: territorial|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Meredith was born on April 10, 1938 in Mount Vernon, Texas, located approximately 100 miles east of Dallas. He attended Mount Vernon High School in his hometown, where he starred in football and basketball, performed in school plays and graduated second in his class.
Even though he was heavily recruited by then-Texas A&M head coach Bear Bryant, Meredith decided to play college football at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He led the Southwest Conference in passing completion percentage in each of his three years as the starting quarterback, and was an All-America selection in 1958 and 1959. His fellow students jokingly referred to the school as "Southern Meredith University" due to his popularity on campus. He completed 8 of 20 passes for 156 yards in the College All-Stars' 32–7 loss to the Baltimore Colts in the Chicago College All-Star Game on August 12, 1960.
He would be honored twice by SMU in later decades. He was the recipient of the university's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1983. His jersey number 17 was retired during halftime ceremonies at the SMU–Houston football match on October 18, 2008. He was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982.
The Dallas Cowboys franchise was admitted to the league too late to participate in the 1960 NFL Draft, so on November 28, 1959, one month prior to the draft, Meredith signed a personal services contract with Tecon Corporation which, like the Cowboys, was owned by Clint Murchison. This contract meant he would play for the Cowboys if and when they received an NFL franchise. He was also selected by the Chicago Bears in the third round (32nd overall) of the 1960 NFL Draft, after Bears owner George Halas made the pick to help ensure that the expansion Cowboys got off to a solid start. The league honored the contract, but made the Cowboys compensate the Bears with a third-round pick in the 1962 NFL Draft. He is considered by some to be the original Dallas Cowboy because he had come to the team even before the franchise had adopted a nickname, hired a head coach or participated in either the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft or its first NFL Draft in 1961. Their crosstown rivals in the American Football League, the Texans, also chose him as a "territorial selection" in their 1960 draft, but were too late to sign him.
Meredith spent two years as a backup to Eddie LeBaron, eventually splitting time in 1962 before he was given the full-time starting job by head coach Tom Landry in 1963. In 1966, Meredith led the Cowboys to the NFL postseason, something he would continue to do until his unexpected retirement before the 1969 season. His two most heartbreaking defeats came in NFL Championship play against the Green Bay Packers, 34–27 in Dallas (1966), and the famous "Ice Bowl" game, 21–17 in Green Bay (1967).
Meredith, while never leading the Cowboys to a Super Bowl, was always exceptionally popular with Cowboys fans who remember him for his grit and toughness, his outgoing nature, and his leadership during the first winning seasons for the Cowboys. During his career, he had a 50.7 percent completion rate, throwing for 17,199 yards and 135 touchdowns with a lifetime passer rating of 74.8. He was named the NFL Player of the Year in 1966 and was named to the Pro Bowl 3 times. According to the NFL, the longest pass with no yards after catch (YAC) was his 83-yard pass to Bob Hayes. However, the NFL does not keep statistics on the distance of actual passes.
Following his football career, Meredith became a color commentator for ABC's Monday Night Football beginning in 1970. He left for 3 seasons (1974–1976) to work with Curt Gowdy at NBC, then returned to MNF partners Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell. His approach to color commentary was light-hearted and folksy, in contrast to Cosell's observations and Gifford's play-by-play technique. He was known for singing "Turn out the lights, the party's over" (a line from a Willie Nelson song, "The Party's Over") at garbage time.
Meredith's broadcasting career was also not without a few incidents of minor controversy; including referring to then-President Richard Nixon as "Tricky Dick", announcing that he was "mile-high" before a game in Denver, and turning the name of Cleveland Browns receiver Fair Hooker into a double entendre (saying "Fair Hooker...well, I haven't met one yet!"). He retired from sportscasting after the 1984 season, a year after Cosell's retirement. His final broadcast was Super Bowl XIX with Frank Gifford and Joe Theismann, which was the first Super Bowl broadcast by ABC.
The novel North Dallas Forty, written by former Dallas Cowboy wide receiver and Meredith teammate Peter Gent, is a fictional account of life in the NFL during the 1960s, featuring quarterback Seth Maxwell, a character widely believed to be based on Meredith, and receiver Phil Elliot, believed to be based on Gent. Maxwell and Elliot are characterized as boozing, womanizing, aging stars in the twilight of their careers, held together by pills and alcohol. Of the story, Meredith said, "If I'd known Gent was as good as he says he was, I would have thrown to him more."
Meredith also had an acting career, appearing in multiple movies and television shows. He was in a series of commercials in the 1980s as Lipton Tea Lover, Don Meredith, a.k.a. "Jeff and Hazel's Baby Boy". He was featured in an episode of King of the Hill ("A Beer Can Named Desire"), in which he misses a throw that would have won the main character, Hank Hill, $100,000.00. He was also part of an ensemble cast in his son Michael Meredith's film "Three Days of Rain" with Blythe Danner, Peter Falk and Jason Patric.
One of his recurring starring roles was as Detective Bert Jameson in Police Story. Tony Lo Bianco also had an ongoing role as Det. Calabrese in the same lot of episodes as Meredith. They also appeared as their characters separately in later episodes.  One episode, "The Witness", features a picture of Don in his Dallas uniform hanging on a wall in Delaney's bar while Don interviews witnesses to a robbery below his picture.
Meredith was married three times. His first wife was former SMU cheerleader Lynne Shamburger; they were married from 1959 to 1963 and had one daughter, Mary. From 1965 to 1971 he was married to the former Cheryl King, with whom he had son Michael and daughter Heather. He met his third wife, the former Susan Lessons Dullea (ex-wife of actor Keir Dullea), as they were both walking down Third Avenue in New York City. They married in 1972.
|Police Story||"Requiem for an Informer "||Officer Bert Jameson||Marvin Chomsky||1973||aired October 9, 1973|
|Police Story||"The Hunters"||Bert Jameson||Richard Benedict||1974||aired February 26, 1974|
|Police Story||"Glamour Boy"||Bert Jameson||Virgil W. Vogel||1974||aired October 29, 1974|
|Police Story||"Explosion"||Bert Jameson||Alex March||1974||aired December 3, 1974|
|Police Story||"The Witness"||Detective Bert Jameson||Edward Abroms||1975||aired March 11, 1975|
|Police Woman||"The Loner"||'Turk' Allison||John Newland||1975||aired March 14, 1975|
|McCloud||"Showdown at Times Square"||Linus Morton||Ron Satlof||1975||aired October 19, 1975|
|Police Story||"Face for a Shadow "||John Kowalski||Alex March||1975||aired November 7, 1975|
|The Quest||"Shanklin"||Shanklin||Corey Allen||1976||aired October 13, 1976|
|Police Story||"The Jar: Part 1"||Sgt. Ed Hagen||Michael O'Herlihy||1976||aired December 14, 1976|
|Police Story||"The Jar: Part 2"||Ed Hagen||Michael O'Herlihy||1976||aired December 21, 1976|
|Supertrain||"Express to Terror"||Rick Prince||Dan Curtis||1979||aired February 7, 1979|
|Midnight Caller||"Sale Away: Part 2"||Foster Castleman||Rob Bowman||1990||aired October 26, 1990|
|Evening Shade||"No Pain, No Gain"||Billy Clyde Crawford||Burt Reynolds||1992||aired May 18, 1992|
|Terror on the 40th Floor||Kelly Freeman||Jerry Jameson||1974||Made for televsion|
|Sky Heist||Sergeant Doug Trumbell||Lee H. Katzin||1975||Main role|
Made for televsion
|Banjo Hackett: Roamin' Free||Banjo Hackett||Andrew V. McLaglen||1976||Main role|
Made for televsion
|Mayday at 40,000 Feet!||Mike Fuller||Robert Butler||1976||Co-star|
Made for televsion
|Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid||Clint Allison||Burt Kennedy||1978||Co-star|
Made for television
|The Courage and the Passion||Col. Jim Gardner||John Llewellyn Moxey||1978||Made for television|
|Undercover with the KKK||Gary Thomas Rowe Jr.||Barry Shear||1979||Main role|
Made for televsion
|The Night the City Screamed||Captain Donald Wiacek||Harry Falk||1980||Made for televsion|
|Terror Among Us||Sgt. Tom Stockwell||Paul Krasny||1981||Main role|
Made for televsion
|Police Story: The Freeway Killings||Detective Foley||William A. Graham||1987||Made for television|
|Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone||Clay the Bartender||Paul Landres
|1994||Made for televsion|
|Three Days of Rain||John Horton||Michael Meredith||2002|
The 1959 Southern Methodist University Mustangs football team represented the Southern Methodist University in the 1959 college football season. The Mustangs offense scored 147 points while the defense allowed 133 points. At season's end, the Mustangs were not ranked in the national standings.1960 NFL expansion draft
The 1960 NFL expansion draft was the first National Football League (NFL) draft in which a new expansion team, named the Dallas Rangers, selected its initial players. The NFL awarded Dallas, Texas a franchise to compete for revenue with Lamar Hunt's Dallas Texans of the upstart American Football League. The Dallas expansion franchise was approved too late for it to participate in the 1960 NFL draft which had been held on November 30, 1959. Dallas is the only NFL expansion team to not have had the benefit of a college draft in its first year.So that the Rangers (Cowboys) could become competitive with existing teams, the league gave them the opportunity to select current players from existing teams. That selection was provided by the expansion draft, held on March 13, 1960. In this draft, the Rangers chose 36 players from the existing 12 teams. The NFL also assigned the rights to 1960 NFL draft picks Don Meredith (who had been drafted by the Chicago Bears) and Don Perkins (drafted by the Baltimore Colts) to the Cowboys for a couple of future draft picks.22 players made the active roster that season. 11 players played only one year with Dallas. Eight players (including Jack Patera, who was injured early in the 1961 season) played in 1960 and 1961. The three remaining players from the draft started for several years, including: Bob Fry, Tackle, 1960–64; Jerry Tubbs, Linebacker, 1960–66; and Frank Clarke, Wide Receiver, 1960–67.On March 19, 1960, the Rangers renamed themselves the Cowboys.1962 Dallas Cowboys season
The 1962 Dallas Cowboys season was their third in the league. The team finished with a record of 5 wins, 8 losses, and 1 tie, placing them 5th in the NFL's Eastern Conference.1967 NFL Championship Game
The 1967 National Football League Championship Game was the 35th NFL championship, played on December 31 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.It determined the NFL's champion, which met the AFL's champion in Super Bowl II, then formally referred to as the second AFL-NFL World Championship Game.
The Dallas Cowboys (9–5), champions of the Eastern Conference, traveled north to meet the Western champion Green Bay Packers (9–4–1), the two-time defending league champions. It was a rematch of the previous year's title game, and pitted two future Hall of Fame head coaches against each other, Tom Landry for the Cowboys and Vince Lombardi for the Packers. The two head coaches had a long history together, as both had coached together on the staff of the late 1950s New York Giants, with Lombardi serving as offensive coordinator and Landry as defensive coordinator.
Because of the adverse conditions in which the game was played, the rivalry between the two teams, and the game's dramatic climax, it has been immortalized as the Ice Bowl and is considered one of the greatest games in NFL history.
Leading up to the 50th Anniversary of the game, NFL Films released an episode of its Timeline series about the events that day and the lasting impact. The episode is narrated and co-produced by filmmaker Michael Meredith, whose father Don Meredith was the QB for the Cowboys that day.1968 Dallas Cowboys season
The 1968 Dallas Cowboys season was their ninth in the league and won the Capitol division by five games with a 12–2 record. In the first round of the playoffs, Dallas met the Cleveland Browns (10–4) in the Eastern Conference title game, held at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. In this era, the host sites were rotated, home field advantage was not adopted for the playoffs until 1975. Dallas had won the regular season game 28–7 in September, and had routed the Browns 52–14 in the previous year's playoffs, but both were played at the Cotton Bowl.
Cleveland upset the favored Cowboys 31–20, sending Dallas to the third place Playoff Bowl at the Orange Bowl in Miami, where they rallied to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, 17–13.The team averaged 30.8 points per game during the regular season, and holds the record for most points scored through the first three games of a season.1968 Philadelphia Eagles season
The 1968 Philadelphia Eagles season was the franchise's 36th season in the National Football League (NFL). They failed to improve on their previous output of 6–7–1, winning only two games. Eagles fans expected to get O.J. Simpson if they went winless. They finished 2–12, but the Buffalo Bills went 1–12–1 and got Simpson with the first pick. Before they won their twelfth game, the Eagles were on target for a winless season at 0–11. They were the first team in the NFL proper to lose eleven consecutive games in one season since their own 1936 season, though in the AFL the 1962 Oakland Raiders lost their first thirteen games.
One of the most infamous incidents in Philadelphia sports history came at halftime of the final game of the dismal 1968 season, when the Eagles were on their way to losing to the Minnesota Vikings. The Eagles had planned a Christmas pageant for halftime of the December 15 game, but the condition of the field was too poor. Instead, the team asked a fan dressed as Santa Claus to run onto the field to celebrate with a group of cheerleaders. The fans, in no mood to celebrate, loudly booed and threw snowballs at “Santa Claus.”1972 Houston Oilers season
The 1972 Houston Oilers season was their 13th season overall and third with the league. The team failed to improve on their previous season's output of 4–9–1, winning only one game. They missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season.
The low point of the season came in week four, a 34–0 loss on Monday Night Football to the Oakland Raiders. With the game out of hand, ABC cameras panned the stands at the Astrodome and found a man who appeared to be sleeping. When he realized the camera was on him, he shot the finger at the camera. When the camera discovered the sleeping fan, Howard Cosell intoned, “Right there, is a vivid pictureization of the excitement...”. Don Meredith shot back when the fan flipped the bird, “They’re number one in the nation!”. Perhaps another low point for the Oilers was the final game of the season against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals throttled the Oilers 61–17 in that game. The loss by the Oilers was the most lopsided in the NFL that season and at the time, was the worst loss for the team in its history. The 61 points were the most allowed by any team in the NFL that season and also at the time, was the most points any NFL team had ever allowed since the merger. After their win over the Jets 26-20 in week 3, the Oilers would not win another game until week 8 of next season, when they shocked the Baltimore Colts 31-27 on the road. Sandwiched between these 2 games was an 18 game losing streak, which was an NFL record at the time.Bobby Maples
Bobby Ray Maples (December 28, 1942 – February 15, 1991) was an American football center and linebacker. He was born in Mount Vernon, Texas, which is also the birthplace of Don Meredith. Maples played collegiately for Baylor University and professionally in the American Football League where he was an All-Star in 1968 with the Houston Oilers He also played for the National Football League's Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos before retiring in 1978.Cowboys–Packers rivalry
The Cowboys–Packers rivalry is a professional American football rivalry in the National Football League (NFL) between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers. It is one of the best known intra-conference rivalry games in the NFL. The two teams do not play every year; instead, they play once every three years due to the NFL's rotating division schedules, or if the two teams finish in the same place in their respective divisions, they would play the ensuing season. The rivalry has also resulted in notable playoff games. Additionally, the Packers won Super Bowl XLV in AT&T Stadium.
As of the end of the 2017 season, the all-time series record is 19–17 Packers, including a 4–4 postseason record against the Cowboys. Green Bay is one of only four NFL teams with a winning overall record against Dallas (along with the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos), and the only NFC team with that distinction.Don Meredith (politician)
Don Meredith (born July 13, 1964) is a Canadian Pentecostal minister, former politician, and executive director of the GTA Faith Alliance which focuses on the issue of youth violence particularly violence involving gangs and guns. The GTA Faith Alliance has organized peace rallies in the Malvern and Rexdale communities of Toronto following incidents of violence as well as organizing town hall meetings on related community issues. Meredith was the Conservative candidate in the March 17, 2008 federal by-election in Toronto Centre. He received 12.5% of the vote, and placed fourth behind Liberal victor Bob Rae.
Meredith was appointed to the Senate of Canada on December 18, 2010 as a Conservative. He was expelled from the Conservative caucus on June 17, 2015, however, following allegations that he had conducted a two-year affair with a teenager that began when the girl was 16 and found guilty of ethics violations by the Senate ethics office in March 2017.The Senate Ethics Committee recommend in May 2017 that Meredith be expelled from the Senate. He announced his resignation on May 9, before a vote could occur; his resignation took effect the next day.John Roach (American football)
John Gipson Roach (born March 26, 1933) is a former American football quarterback and defensive back in the National Football League for the Chicago/St. Louis Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Southern Methodist University.Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid
Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid is a 1978 American made-for-television comedy western film. It was written by William Bowers and directed by Burt Kennedy.List of Dallas Cowboys starting quarterbacks
These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Cowboys.Mayday at 40,000 Feet!
Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (aka Panic in the Open Sky and Mayday: 40,000 ft!) is a 1976 American made-for-television drama film, directed by Robert Butler. The film stars David Janssen, Don Meredith and Christopher George, along with an all-star cast primarily playing the roles of passengers and crew aboard an airliner in crisis.Robert Butler was "... one of the premium directors of series TV through four decades", although he also became a specialist in "one-off" television and film features. Mayday at 40,000 Feet! was an example of the 1970s "disaster" film, as well, it also very much fits the additional genre of the complex, heavily character-driven ensemble cast picture. The film explores the personal dramas and interactions that develop among the passengers and crew as they deal with a deadly onboard emergency.Michael Meredith
Michael Shane Meredith (born September 22, 1967; Dallas, Texas) is an American independent film director, screenwriter and producer. He frequently collaborates with German director Wim Wenders. Meredith is the son of the late former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and football commentator Don Meredith. He was the oldest of two children from Don Meredith's second marriage to the artist Cheryl King.Oyster Bowl
The Oyster Bowl is a regular season college football game played annually in the Hampton Roads-area of Virginia. The game has featured match-ups between high school, NCAA Division III, and at present, NCAA Division I teams at various points in its existence. It is sponsored by the Norfolk, Virginia-based Khedive Temple of the Shriners, with a portion of the revenue going to children's charity. The 2018 Oyster Bowl was the 69th edition of the game; ODU defeated VMI 77–14, in the final game at Foreman Field.
During the first incarnation of the Oyster Bowl, it was held at Foreman Field in Norfolk, Virginia, and with one exception, featured NCAA major college teams. The inaugural Oyster Bowl was held in 1946 between two high schools, the local Granby Comets and the Clifton Mustangs of Clifton, New Jersey.After a brief hiatus, the game was resurrected in 1948 and played continuously until 1995. At that time, the Oyster Bowl was discontinued for financial reasons. The series of games from 1946 to 1995 generated more than $3 million for the Shriners Hospitals for Children.During the 1977 edition between East Carolina and William & Mary, former East Carolina head coach Jim Johnson, who was attending the game as a spectator, tackled a William & Mary player about to score the game-winning touchdown. Many well known players participated in the Oyster Bowl during the time it featured Division I teams. These include Ernie Davis of Syracuse, Don Meredith of SMU, Bruce Smith of Virginia Tech, Roger Staubach of Navy, Fran Tarkenton of Georgia, and Randy White of Maryland.In 1999, the game was revived and relocated to the Joseph S. Darling Memorial Stadium in nearby Hampton, Virginia where the Oyster Bowl now featured a match-up between Division III college teams.In 2011, it was announced that the Oyster Bowl would return to Foreman Field and feature Division I schools once again. Old Dominion University hosted James Madison University in 2011. The Fightin' Blue Hens from the University of Delaware played ODU in 2012. Since ODU joined Conference USA (C-USA) football in 2014 (the school had been a full but non-football C-USA member in the 2013 season), each edition of the game has featured ODU and a C-USA opponent.Terror Among Us
Terror Among Us is a 1981 television film directed by Paul Krasny and starring Don Meredith, Sarah Purcell, and Jennifer Salt. It first aired January 12, 1981. The script was co-written by Dallas and JoAnne Barnes.The Party's Over (Willie Nelson song)
"The Party's Over" is a song written by country music singer Willie Nelson during the mid-1950s. After arriving in Houston, Texas, Nelson was hired to play for the Esquire Ballroom band, where he would be allowed to close the shows singing the song. Guitar instructor and Nelson's friend Paul Buskirk forwarded the song to singer Claude Gray, who recorded the original version of the song, released as "My Party's Over" in 1959.
Nelson recorded the song himself in 1966, which was released as a single in February 1967. It reached number twenty-four on Billboard's Hot Country Singles, and it was included as the title track of Nelson's album. The song was later popularized by former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and Monday Night Football host Don Meredith, who sang a line of the song on the broadcasts.Undercover with the KKK
Undercover with the KKK is a 1979 NBC TV movie based on the autobiography My Undercover Years with the Ku Klux Klan by Gary Thomas Rowe Jr. and starring Don Meredith as Rowe.
|Former key figures|
Bert Bell Award winners
|Division championships (23)|
|Conference championships (10)|
|League Championships (5)|
|Current league affiliations|
Championship seasons in bold
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|Host or Play–by–Play|