With the passing of Don Meredith, the Dallas Cowboys have released a statement from owner Jerry Jones regarding the passing of the original Cowboys superstar.
“Don Meredith was a Dallas Cowboys original. His wit, charm, and strength of personality were matched only by his wonderful leadership, toughness and athletic skill. His persona defined the Cowboys of the 1960s and set the course for what the franchise became. Throughout 50 years of history, the Cowboys legacy has been built by dynamic and colorful personalities who could also compete at the highest level. No one fit that description better than Don Meredith.
“After guiding this team from expansion franchise to title contender, his charismatic style helped build Monday Night Football to a level of popularity that was unprecedented for sports television in America. Few men have contributed, both on the field and as a broadcaster, to the impact that the NFL currently has on our country today more than Don.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and his spirit will be with Cowboys players and fans forever.”
You will see many people say that Meredith was the “original Cowboys” and team’s first star, so where does he rank among the franchise leaders at the quarterback position? ESPN Dallas compiled a list of statistics and here they are:
Cowboys All-Time Passing Rankings: Don Meredith
Completions: 1,170 (5th)
Pass yards: 17,199 (4th)
Pass TD: 135 (4th)
Interceptions: 111 (3rd)
Most Games Played — Cowboys QBs, Franchise History
Danny White: 166
Troy Aikman: 165
Roger Staubach: 131
Don Meredith: 104
Most Passing TDs, Cowboys history
Troy Aikman: 165
Danny White: 155
Roger Staubach: 153
Don Meredith: 135
Tony Romo: 118
[HT: ESPN Dallas]
RIP, Dandy Don.