Santa Fe, New Mexico
Don Meredith, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback who served as a folksy foil for Howard Cosell on ABC’s ”Monday Night Football” and helped carve out the niche for colorful ex-athlete broadcasters, has died. ”Dandy Don,” as he was known, was 72.
Meredith’s wife, Susan, told The Associated Press her husband died Sunday in Santa Fe after suffering a brain hemorrhage and lapsing into a coma. She and her daughter were at Meredith’s side when he died.
”He was the best there was,” she said Monday, describing him as kind, warm and funny. ”We lost a good one.”