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Lots Of Good Stuff On The Life Of Don Meredith

This won't surprise anyone who is familiar with Don Meredith, but memories of and tributes to the life of Don Meredith litter DFW newspapers and other outlets this morning. 

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Randy Galloway talks about the impact Meredith had on him growing up.

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Maybe he wasn't the best quarterback who ever lived, or the toughest, or the coolest, or the funniest, or the most respected by the teammates who knew him best.

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But where I came from in the '60s, the Indian Hills section of Grand Prairie, this was one skinny white boy who thought Dandy Don was all of the above.

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And still do, going on a half-century later.

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Teammate Walt Garrison talked about Meredith with Galloway  & Co. Monday.

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Kevin SherringtonBrad TownsendRalph Strangis and Ray Buck share more stories.

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SportsDayDFW has a good photo retrospective of his life.

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And this piece published by D Magazine in October was the last interview done with Meredith, in Santa Fe, NM.

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He was a showman. The First Cowboy whistled and sang in part because the 10 men in the huddle amounted to a captive audience he could entertain. His teammates admired his guts and savvy, and adored him for never giving up or bailing out, and never blaming the crew for the pilot's error. Although it's hard to square with the affection with which he was later regarded, poor Don was also the most vilified athlete this town has ever seen while he was still playing for the home team.

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.