For those of us "of a certain age", this is very sad news indeed.
--espn.comDon Meredith, one of the most recognizable figures of the early Dallas Cowboys and an original member of ABC's "Monday Night Football" broadcast team, died Sunday. He was 72.
Meredith's wife, Susan, told The Associated Press on Monday her husband died in Santa Fe after suffering a brain hemorrhage and lapsing into a coma. She and her daughter were at Meredith's side when he died.
"He was the best there was," she said, describing him as kind, warm and funny. "We lost a good one."
She said a private graveside service was being planned and that family members were traveling to Santa Fe.
I remember watching an exhibition game in the summer of 1970, described by ABC's then unheard of three-man team of Meredith, Keith Jackson, and Howard Cosell. No one had any idea of the institution that Monday Night Football would become, beginning that very first season.
And the team in the booth was as much of an attraction to many, as the teams on the field.
And when the outcome of the game was no longer in doubt, he'd croon that Willie Nelson tune...
Thanks, "Danderoo", for some really great memories.