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NRRaider2001

Former Penn HS Coach Ron Meyer passed away

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Former Patriots and SMU coach Ron Meyer, who once coached at Penn High School, passed away today at 76.

He was the Penn Kingsman head coach in 1964.

He was an assistant at Purdue, scout for the Cowboys, and head coach for UNLV, SMU, the Patriots, and the Colts.

In, 1981, Meyer directed Mark Henderson, on work release from prison, to take his snowplow on the field and clear a spot for kicker John Smith on a field-goal attempt during a snowstorm at what was then known as Schaefer Stadium in Foxboro. Smith hit the kick and gave the Patriots a 3-0 victory over the eventual AFC champion Dolphins, much to the fury of Miami coach Don Shula. Shula railed against Meyer's lack of sportsmanship and later, when after finishing his career with 347 victories, would always claim he "really" won 348, discounting the game which came to be known as the Snowplow Game.

Henderson's snowplow is on exhibit in the Patriots Hall of Fame

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Sad to hear of Coach Meyer's passing. He was nice enough to write a young Colts fan a personalized letter and an autographed 8x10 picture personalized to that young Colts fan. I'll be forever grateful for those keepsakes.

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http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21693372/former-smu-patriots-colts-coach-ron-meyer-dies-age-76

 

Meyer had movie star good looks back in his prime in the 70s.  Seems like everything went in to reverse for him after the SMU death penalty, despite the fact that he had an NFL career.  His star was never as bright as it was when he was leading the "Pony Express."  

He definitely got out of Dodge, or Dallas, when the poop hit the fan.

Seemed like a great guy, who liked to live life on the edge a bit.

 

 

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