I started paying attention to pro football the year after Don Meredith retired.
I did have the pleasure of learning pro football by watching him, Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford on Monday Night Football.
Meredith was a great entertainer and he saw pro football for what it was - entertainment. He enjoyed life and the stories told about him as a Dallas Cowboy (and they were told for years after he retired), were not just about how good a player he was, but how much his teammates loved and respected him - for making the game enjoyable.
Dallas fans never really respected him the way they should have. He was selfless and fierce competitor. But as he acheived national prominence as a broadcaster and an actor, we all grew more and more proud of Mt. Pleasant's favorite son.
Don really was a Dandy. We've missed him for a time, we'll miss him longer still.