Word has just come across the wires of the passing of former NFL quarterback Don Meredith at the age of 72.
Meredith was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in their initial season in 1960 out of Southern Methodist University (SMU), and was named the starting quarterback in 1965. While Meredith never made it to the Super Bowl as a player, he would later get there as an announcer for ABC. Meredith was inducted into the Cowboys' Ring of Honor in 1976.
Meredith retired after the 1968 season, and turned to television, first by joining ABC's Monday Night Football as a commentator. Meredith's trademark was crooning "Turn out the lights, the party's over!" once a game was definitively decided. Meredith left ABC for NBC in the mid-70's for three seasons, then returned to ABC, returning to Monday Night Football for a few more seasons before retiring from broadcasting in 1984. Meredith also dabbled in acting, appearing on Police Story, and was a commercial spokesman for Lipton Tea.
Meredith passed away as the result of a brain hemorrhage. In all probability, Monday Night Football, now on ESPN, will pay tribute to Meredith during tonight's broadcast.
Rest in peace, Don.