Football Pitch-man Dies at Age 72
Retrieved by Pat Darnell and the Herd
... A lot of people say to me: "Pat what are you doing?" ...
ME: "I am behaving in an obsessive, compulsive manner that is in concert with my brain and how it functions. I am clipping articles, like you may have seen so many others end up doing... sort of a trail of 'wonder' ... shall I apologize?"
They ask: "HUNH? What does that mean?"
ME: "Only, this type of clipping is like a digest of things that spark random highlights in my dendrites, but I get to Cut\Paste with a PC, all night, if I wish."
They ask: "Then why this article on Don Meredith?"
ME: "I see here that Dandy Don died from a brain hemorrhage, and he was a football player who received a minimum of 2000 knocks to the head in a year of football practice and game playing, for every year he was in football... and that could have led to nerve damage, or neck damage that he learned to live with ... although his brain had raspberries all over it from concussions ... causing him to die earlier than he might have .... say -- his life should have gone into the nineties, -- twenty years short, I'd say. Twenty years is a long time in human age.
Meredith played for the Cowboys from 1960-68, taking them from winless expansion team to the brink of a championship.
"Dandy Don" died Sunday after suffering a brain hemorrhage and lapsing into a coma in Santa Fe, N.M., where he lived out of the limelight with his wife, Susan, for the last 25 years. He was 72.
Meredith was the life of the party in the "Monday Night" booth from 1970 through 1984, except for a three-year stint playing a detective on NBC's "Police Story." He spent 11 of those years teamed with another former star player, Frank Gifford, a friend before they became broadcast partners.
Meredith also appeared in more than a dozen made-for-TV movies, specials or dramas. He once filled in for Johnny Carson on the "Tonight Show," and was a popular pitchman for Lipton tea. [Read Entire Article Here]