Don Meredith Dies

Don Meredith, an all-pro quarterback who made his greatest impact on the game after he finished playing, died Sunday at a Santa Fe, New Mexico, hospital, according to a spokesman.

Meredith, above at center, was 72.

The spokesman was unable to confirm the cause of death.

Meredith, nicknamed "Dandy Don," was part of the original Monday Night Football broadcast team when the program debuted on ABC in 1970.

Don Meredith, a quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys who went on to become a familiar broadcast voice on “Monday Night Football,” has died. He was 72.

Meredith’s death last night was confirmed by Arturo Delgado, a spokesman for Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He gave no other details.

The Associated Press said Meredith suffered a brain hemorrhage and lapsed into a coma. Meredith had fought emphysema in recent years and suffered a minor stroke in 2004, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith died in Santa Fe after suffering a brain hemorrhage and lapsing into a coma Sunday. He was 72. Meredith's wife, Susan, confirmed the former football star's death. She said a private graveside ceremony is being planned and that family members are traveling to Santa Fe.

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