Don Meredith Dead: Cowboys QB Had Atlanta Falcons And Georgia Tech Connections

Former Dallas Cowboys QB Don Meredith died last night at the age of 72. Meredith starred for the SMU Mustangs and was the first-ever Cowboy. He was a two-time All-American at SMU, earning the school the nickname Southern Meredith University.

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His Mustangs beat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 20-0 in 1958, but lost to them 16-12 in 1959. The Cowboys went 2-0 against Atlanta with Meredith behind center. He had a better passer rating against the Falcons than he had against all but five other teams.

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He's a member of the Cowboys Ring of Honor and retired from football to announce Monday Night Football with Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford, where he called seven Atlanta Falcons games.

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Meredith remained good friends with former Cowboys teammate Dan Reeves. At an April tribute to Meredith, Reeves said the quarterback was one of the first people to call after Reeves was fired as Falcons coach. Meredith's Cowboys backup, Eddie LeBaron, worked in the Falcons front office from 1977 to 1985.

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