Don Meredith was 'Dandy' on the field – and in the Monday Night Football booth
Don Meredith, who passed on Sunday, quarterbacked the Dallas Cowboys for eight NFL seasons before heading into ABC's 'Monday Night Football' broadcast booth. Don Meredith knew the game, but he added a comedic touch when working with Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell.
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The former quarterback joined the "Monday Night Football" crew in 1970 and spent three seasons with ABC before leaving for NBC in 1973. Meredith returned to ABC in 1977 and stayed until his retirement in 1984.
Meredith certainly knew the game, as an All-American quarterback at SMU in the late 1950s and attaining All-Pro status with the Cowboys in the 1960s. But his more lasting legacy may be his time in the broadcast booth rather than on the playing field. He's humorous asides earned him cult status as the comic sidekick to the verbose Monday Night announcer, Howard Cosell.