Colts former coach Ron Meyer dies

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Former Patriots coach Ron Meyer, who might be best remembered for his role in the 1982 "snowplow" game, has died.

With SMU, where he coached for six years before being hired by the Patriots, Meyer was 34-32-1.

"Devastated to hear the passing of my coach and great friend Ron Meyer", Dickerson posted to Twitter on Tuesday. "He was a colorful head coach who was very entertaining for fans during his tenure".

Ron Meyer, head football coach at Southern Methodist University, shouts instructions to his team as they practice for their confrontation with Brigham Young University in the Holiday Bowl Friday, Dec. 17, 1980 in San Diego.


The Patriots finished 5-4 in Meyer's first season, making the playoffs for the first time since 1978. He earned the Southwest Conference Coach of the Years honors that season before he left SMU to coach the New England Patriots, the start of a 10-year National Football League career that included a six-year stint with the Indianapolis Colts. Prior to arriving in the National Football League, he was the SMU Mustangs' head coach for six seasons.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ron and his family.

Meyer was sacked midseason in 1991.

He led the Colts for four full seasons, from 1987-90, as well as parts of the 1986 and 1991 seasons; all told, he was 36-35 with Indianapolis.


He played quarterback and defensive back for the Boilermakers in 1961-62 and was an Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Irving Fryar, left, poses with New England Patriots coach Ron Meyer, right, during a press conference at Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, April 11, 1984. That led to then-Patriots general manager firing Meyer, hiring another coach and reinstating Rust, a story that ultimately ended with the controversial coach coaching in Indianapolis. "God bless Coach Meyer!"

He started at Penn High School in IN before receiving a job as an assistant at Purdue. He spent six seasons at his alma mater before spending two seasons as a scout for the Dallas Cowboys. SMU won 10 games in his final year (1981) and then notched 31 wins for Meyer's replacement, Bobby Collins, over the next three seasons. Later in his life, Meyer coached short-lived franchises of the CFL in Las Vegas and the XFL in Chicago, and became a TV analyst.


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