Don Meredith Pioneered Tripping For Jets Coach
The NFL is reviewing video footage of the New York Jets coach that tripped a Miami Dolphins player who was running down the sideline during a play. The coach is now a target for discipline up to and including firing.
Most USA Today readers in this poll say coach Sal Alosi should be fired.
Even readers at the Jets own blog site are demanding the coach’s head on a platter.
TV announcers during yesterday’s Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game showed the footage and discussed the incident.
They also showed a video tribute to the late, great Cowboys quarterback “Dandy” Don Meredith, who died a week ago at 72.
But they failed to mention that Meredith once did the same thing — he was caught on camera trying to trip an opposing player running down the sideline. Meredith’s attempted tripping, in a way, was even more egregious — the guy Meredith tried to trip was the actual ball carrier.
Meredith stuck his leg out but missed the guy, and later commented that he’s glad he missed because he might have got his leg broken (he had skinny legs after a childhood bout with polio).
Of course, Meredith — being Mr. Personality and Goodtime Charley — escaped condemnation. His attempted tripping was all in good fun and laughed off without hurting his credibility.