A former college football and NFL coach, Ron Meyer, sadly passed away on Tuesday, December 5th at age 76. The ex-coach had quite the impact on those who met him, and he will be greatly remembered by the unique stories he was a part of in his lifetime.
Meyer first coached for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Southern Methodist University (SMU) before he transitioned to coaching in the National Football League. During his time in the NFL, he coached for the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts, but he was eventually fired by both.
Despite his firings, many appreciated him as a coach and as a person. The Boston Herald released an article, highlighting his many victories. Others in the sports industry also took to social media to express their love and condolences for Meyer and his family.
Among those include one of the NFL’s top running backs of all time, Eric Dickerson, who played under Coach Meyer at SMU. Former wide receiver Wes Welker and the New England Patriots also released a statement.
Many remember Meyer for the infamous “Snowplow,” where he was coaching the Patriots at the time, stated ESPN. In a memorable 1982 game against the Miami Dolphins, the score was 0-0 and weather conditions were not ideal.
Meyer abruptly told Mark Henderson, a man operating the John Deere tractor for a work-release program at a local prison, to “Get out there and do something,” so their kicker (John Smith) could attempt a 33-yard field goal. Since Henderson cleared the path, Smith made the kick, ultimately winning the game with a 3-point lead.
According to ESPN, that same tractor is included in the Patriots Hall of Fame.
A cause of death was not given, so it is expected that Meyer passed of natural causes.
Please keep his friends, family, and loved ones in your prayers. In other recent news, the White House is set to release President Trump’s medical exam after people expressed concern about the slurring of his words.