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In appreciation of Don Meredith

December 7, 2010 | 10:40 am

Meredith Don Meredith, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and "Monday Night Football" announcer who died Sunday, had a collegial charm and an everyman ease about him that made him instantly likable to millions of viewers, writes The Times' Sam Farmer.

Meredith died of a brain hemorrhage at age 72.

Farmer writes that Meredith blazed his own path by retiring early from football after great success and finding even greater success in broadcasting, accentuated by his larger-than-life personality.

You can find Farmer's appreciation here and Meredith's news obituary here.

--Keith Thursby

Photo: Don Meredith, right, with fellow "Monday Night Football" announcers Frank Gifford, left,  and Howard Cosell in 1973. Credit: Associated Press/ABC-TV