#17 Don Meredith
Dallas Cowboys Quarterback 1960-1968
Cowboys First Real Quarterback “Dandy” Don Meredith
Cowboys Dandy Quarterback Don Meredith Career Highlights
2-Time Pro Bowl
1966 NFL Player of the Year
3 Straight Division Titles
Tied 1st Cowboys franchise history with three 300-yard passing games in a season
Tied 1st Dallas Cowboys franchise history 5 TD passes in one game (accomplished three times)
Longest pass completion in franchise history, 95 yards to Bob Hayes, Nov. 11, 1966.
2-Time All-American SMU
More info from DCA on Ring of Honor inductee Don Meredith:
A student at Southern Methodist University, University Park , Texas , Meredith played college ball, starting as quarterback for three years. He was selected as an All-American in 1958 and 1959.
Drafted by the Chicago Bears in the third round of the 1960 NFL Draft, Meredith was traded to the new Dallas Cowboys franchise for future draft picks where he spent the first five years as backup quarterback. In 1965 Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry named Meredith as the team’s starting quarterback. That same year “Dandy Don” Meredith lead the Cowboys to the NFL Playoffs. For the next four years Meredith would continue to lead his team to the playoffs with his toughness and determination. In 1966 he was named the NFL Player of the year.
Unexpectedly, Don Meredith retired from professional football in 1969. Meredith is fondly remembered by Cowboys fans and in 1976 he was inducted into the Dallas Cowboy’s Ring of Honor at Texas Stadium along with fellow Cowboy, running back Don Perkins.
Following his football career Meredith turned to TV where he worked as a color commentator for ABC’s Monday Night Football and for NBC. On Monday Night Football he worked alongside Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford. Meredith was known for his relaxed and light-hearted commentary on the game.
Don Meredith’s Career Stats
“Dandy Don”, never led the Dallas Cowboys to an NFL Championship or a even a Super Bowl, has always been extremely popular with Texas Stadium fans who remember him for his grit and toughness, his outgoing nature, and his leadership during the first winning seasons for the Cowboys.