Don Meredith

#17 Don Meredith

Dallas Cowboys Quarterback 1960-1968

Cowboys First Real Quarterback “Dandy” Don Meredith

Date of birth: April 10, 1938
Birth Place: Mount Vernon, Texas
College: SMU
NFL Draft 1960 / Round 3/ Pick 32

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

Passing

Year G Att Cmp Yds TD Int Rtg
1960 6 68 29 281 2 5 34.0
1961 8 182 94 1161 9 11 63.0
1962 13 212 105 1679 15 8 84.2
1963 14 310 167 2381 17 18 73.1
1964 12 323 158 2143 9 16 59.1
1965 14 305 141 2415 22 13 79.9
1966 13 344 177 2805 24 12 87.7
1967 11 255 128 1834 16 16 68.7
1968 13 309 171 2500 21 12 88.4
Total 104 2308 1170 17199 135 111 74.8
Rushing

Yr G Att Yds Avg TD Fum
1960 6 3 4 1.3 0 2
1961 8 22 176 8.0 1 9
1962 13 21 74 3.5 0 10
1963 14 41 185 4.5 3 7
1964 12 32 81 2.5 4 16
1965 14 35 247 7.1 1 11
1966 13 38 242 6.4 5 8
1967 11 28 84 3.0 0 6
1968 13 22 123 5.6 1 2
Total 104 2308 1216 5.0 15 71

“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.

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