Before he entered the pro ranks, Don Meredith had a phenomenal career as a two-time All-America quarterback at Southern Methodist University. The Mount Vernon native joined the Dallas Cowboys as quarterback in 1960, the first year of the team's existence. Twice during his career, Meredith led the Cowboys to NFL championship games, losing both in 1966 and 1967 to Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers. Meredith was selected to two Pro Bowls. In 1966, he won the Bert Bell Award as the "Pro Player of the Year". After retiring from football, he worked for many years as a commentator for Monday Night Football. Meredith was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.