USA TODAY -- Anyone who's familiar with Don Meredith's work on the original Monday Night Football crew knows he wouldn't want the news of his death at the age of 72 to cast a pall.
In that spirit, here are some of his best lines:
"If 'ifs' and 'buts' were candy and nuts, wouldn't it be a merry Christmas?"
On teammate Walt Garrison: "If you needed four yards, you'd give the ball to Garrison and he'd get you four yards. If you needed 20 yards, you'd give the ball to Garrison and he'd get you four yards."
His comment when Vice President Spiro Agnew visited the Monday Night booth: "I didn't vote for you, but you do have a nice suit on."
On playing for Tom Landry: "He's such a perfectionist that if he were married to Dolly Parton he'd expect her to cook."
-- Tom Weir