Before there were franchise players, there was Don Meredith. Meredith was drafted by Chicago in 1960, and then traded to the Cowboys. Playing for them became his legacy. After leaving the team in 1969, he became an original member of the ABC Monday Night Football team, along with Howard Cosell and Keith Jackson.
Meredith died at his Santa Fe home “after suffering a brain hemorrhage and lapsing into a coma.” He was surrounded by his wife and family.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones issued a statement about Meredith’s passing, saying he was “a Dallas Cowboys original.” He further said, “His wit, charm, and strength of personality were matched only by his wonderful leadership, toughness and athletic skill. The Cowboys legacy has been built by dynamic and colorful personalities who could also compete at the highest level. No one fit that description better than Don Meredith.”