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nfl_w_meredith_275.jpg Don Meredith, or “Dandy Don” Meredith to Cowboys fans, will receive the Pete Rozelle Radio Television Award at this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction dinner to be held on August 3rd. It is in recognition for his long career and contribution to broadcasting professional football.

Mr. Meredith, who has become quite reclusive since the end of Monday Night Football, was the first analyst hired for the show’s debut in 1970. Along with Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell, the show was the first primetime television show to feature NFL football. Meredith was famous for some of his dialouges with both men, especially the ones with the outspoken Howard Cosell.

Don Meredith also played QB for the Dallas Cowboys from 1960-1968 and although quite successful, was heavily criticized by the media and fans for never winning an NFL championship with the team. After his resignation from football, he became an analyst for ABC and worked as such for 12 years before Monday Night Football was cancelled in 1984. Seen in the picture above with longtime mentor and coach, Tom Landry, it is said that he rarely makes public appearances but has agreed to attend the dinner in Canton, OH.

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