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Don Meredith highlights: Cowboys, TV

Don Meredith playing and broadcasting career notes of interest, courtesy of ESPN Research:

  • All-American at SMU in 1958 and 1959
  • Third-round draft pick in 1960 NFL Draft
  • Member of inaugural Cowboys team in 1960
  • Played nine seasons, all with Cowboys
  • Became full-time starting QB in 1963
  • 3-time Pro Bowler (1966-68 seasons)
  • Led Cowboys to NFL Championship Games in 1966 and 1967
  • Top-5 in Cowboys history in Passing yards, TD and completions
  • Inducted into Cowboys’ Ring of Honor in 1976
  • Said to be the only player to play his high school, college and pro football all in Dallas area
  • Became color commentator for ABC’s Monday Night Football in 1970
  • Spent three seasons (1974-1976) with NBC; analyst for Super Bowls IX and XI
  • Returned to ABC as part of broadcasting team until end of 1984 season; analyst for Super Bowl XIX (ABC’s first Super Bowl)
  • Received Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from Pro Football HOF in 2007
  • Known for singing “turn out the lights, the party’s over” when game was in hand Other notes on a well-rounded life:
  • Also had an acting career, appearing in multiple movies and TV shows
  • Recurring starring role on NBC show “Police Story”
  • Recorded a single in 1966, covering Ricky Nelson’s “Travelin’ Man”
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    91Bear December 6, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Don’s single, “Travelin’ Man” was NOT a cover of Ricky Nelson’s song with the same name. It was a completely different song.

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