|MNF`s big three: Don Meredith, Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford|
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Meredith brought an easy going, cheeky charm to his role as a former player-analyst. He was also the perfect foil for Cosell, often taking the Micky out of the erudite broadcaster.
His "Playboy After Dark" swagger showed up in one memorable quip during a Denver Broncos game, when Meredith said he was already "a mile high." His crack about a Cleveland Browns player with the unusual name Fair Hooker ('Fair Hooker...well, I haven't met one yet!')`was one for the ages.
NFL broadcasters have tried to duplicate Meredith`s regular guy appeal for decades by adding good-ol`-boys to the booth, but there was something special and unique about the way he played off Cosell.