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11/11/06-Mt. Vernon

Proud Of East Texas: Don Meredith

To the sports world, he's known as "Dandy Don". But to folks in Mt. Vernon, Don Meredith is "Jeff and Hazel's son" and their hometown hero.

Don Meredith was born on April 10th, 1938.  Don's brother, Billy Jack, was four years older. Both boys were outstanding athletes. In high school, Don made all state in both football and basketball.

In 1956 Meredith entered Southern Methodist University where he was picked as an All-American and led SMU to national football prominence. Meredith became quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys Football Team in 1970, leading them to success as "America's Team".

In 1970 Meredith joined Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford on ABC-TV's "Monday Night Football". He received an Emmy for his broadcasting in 1971.

A Don Meredith Exhibit has recently opened at the Franklin County Museum in Mt. Vernon, chronicling Meredith's life. Although Don Meredith now lives in Santa Fe, N. M., he still insists that Mt. Vernon, is his true home.

Joan Hallmark, Reporting.


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