Phi Delta Theta has a very proud history in the world of sports. Be it amateur, collegiate, or professional athletics, many Phis have made an impact as players, coaches, managers, and fans alike. For this reason, the Phi Delta Theta Sports Hall of Fame was created in 2010. In order to be enshrined in the Phi Delta Theta Sports Hall of Fame, an alumnus must have, 1) had an impact on the world of sports, and 2) exhibited the Fraternity’s Cardinal Principles along the way. Past inductees include a who’s who of sports, including greats like Lou Gehrig and Tom Harmon.
During the 84th Biennial Convention, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity posthumously inducted Don Meredith into the Phi Delta Theta Sports Hall of Fame. Present were members of Texas Delta, Meredith’s chapter.
“Dandy” Don Meredith was best known for his career as quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys but gained further fame as a football commentator and entertainer.
In college, Meredith quarterbacked the Southern Methodist University Mustangs for three years. He led the Southwest Conference in passing completion percentage each year and was selected as an All-American in 1958 and 1959. In the 1960 NFL draft, the Chicago Bears chose Meredith in the third round but was traded to a young Cowboys franchise for future draft picks.
Given the starting job in 1965, Meredith led the Cowboys to the NFL playoffs, something he would continue to do until his unexpected retirement in 1969. Meredith was always exceptionally popular with Cowboys fans who remember him for his grit and toughness, his outgoing nature, and his leadership. He was named the NFL Player of the Year in 1966 and was named to the Pro Bowl twice.
Following his football career, Meredith became a color commentator for ABC’s Monday Night Football where he was known for his light-hearted and folksy contributions. In 1976, Meredith was inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor at Texas Stadium.