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Tribute to “Dandy Don.”

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Don Meredith died this week at the young age of 72.  You younger visitors to thins site might not remember Don.  He was a star quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, and a legendary broadcaster with Howard Cosell on Monday Night football.  He was the guy who made Monday night a glitzy, energetic a special time that made the ratings soar.  Fans know him as “Dandy Don,” but I knew him as Joe Don.

  I spend my freshman year in college at SMU in Dallas, and Joe Don talked me into joining the Phi Delta Theta fraternity where he was a member.  He took me under wing, pushed me to make my grades and razzed me constantly about working out more if I wanted to be a great athlete.  When I told him I was not all that happy at SMU and was considering transferring to North Carolina, he simple told me: “Follow your dream.  Do what you think is best for you.”Â  I saw him a few years ago on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.  He asked me:  “Well Jimbo, did you follow your dream?”Â  Dandy Don was a class act and passed away much too young.  A video tribute below.  Time to “turn out the lights” Joe Don.

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