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Former Cowboys quarterback 'Dandy' Don Meredith dies at 72 [updated]

December 6, 2010 |  7:41 am


Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith has died in Santa Fe, N.M., after suffering a brain hemorrhage and lapsing into a coma on Sunday. He was 72.

Meredith's wife, Susan, confirmed the former football star's death.

Meredith played for the Cowboys from 1960 to 1968, becoming the starting quarterback in 1965. Although he never led the Cowboys to the Super Bowl, Meredith was one of the franchise's first stars.

Over his nine-year career, Meredith threw for 17,199 yards and 111 touchdowns. He retired unexpectedly before the 1969 season.

He later became a TV broadcaster on "Monday Night Football," paired with Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell.

[Update 5:35 p.m.] Read the complete Don Meredith news obituary by Times staff writer Diane Pucin.

-- Associated Press

Photo: Don Meredith, left, with his "Monday Night Football" partners Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford in 1972. Credit: ABC