Don Meredith

Active - 1973 - 2002  |   Born - Apr 10, 1938 in Mount Vernon, Texas, United States  |   Died - Dec 5, 2010   |   Genres - Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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  • Starred in basketball, as well as football, at Mount Vernon High School in Texas.
  • Was recruited by Bear Bryant for Texas A&M.
  • Playing for SMU, was selected for the All-America team in 1958 and 1959.
  • Was selected by the Chicago Bears in the third round of the 1960 draft, then traded to the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Made the Pro Bowl in 1966, 1967 and 1968, and was NFL Player of the Year in 1966.
  • Retired in his prime in 1969.
  • Became an analyst for ABC's Monday Night Football in 1970. Left to join NBC from 1974 to '76, then returned to ABC.
  • Was known for his banter with co-analyst Howard Cosell, and for singing "Turn Out the Lights, the Party's Over" when he thought the outcome of the game had been determined.
  • Was selected for the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982.
  • Worked as an actor in many TV shows (including Police Story), and was also an ad pitchman (Lipton Tea).
  • Retired from broadcasting in 1984.
  • Starred in a 1985 stage production of The Odd Couple, with MNF's Frank Gifford.