Former SMU head coach Ron Meyer dies at the age of 76

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Former Patriots and Colts coach Ron Meyer, who also led SMU's famed "Pony Express" teams that starred Eric Dickerson and Craig James, has died, according to multiple reports. The Rebels finished 11-0 that second season and were ranked No. 2 among small colleges by both AP and UPI, before losing to DE in the NCAA Division II semifinals.

Meyer coached at UNLV for three seasons compiling a record of 27-8, which included a 12-1 season in 1974 with the program losing in the Grantland Rice Bowl.

In 1973, he got back into the college ranks with the head coaching job at UNLV.

Dickerson took to Twitter to mourn Meyer's passing, writing, "Devastated to hear the passing of my coach and great friend Ron Meyer".

But if there is a lasting legacy to be found in the brief and tumultuous coaching tenure of Ron Meyer in Foxboro, it's seen every Sunday when Tom Brady walks to the sideline with a clean uniform and not much of a limp. "God bless Coach Meyer!"

Initially, Meyer appeared to be on track to turn around the team's fortunes, and was named AFC Coach of the Year when the 1982 Patriots finished 5-4 in a strike-shortened year and qualified for the "Super Bowl tournament" that was staged once the work stoppage was resolved. Meyer went on to coach the Indianapolis Colts from 1986 to 1991. Meyer called a time out during the contest, having a stadium worker clear snow off of the field so that John Smith could make a go-ahead field goal. Meyer turned a 3-13 Colts team int a 9-6 team, earning an AFC East title.

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He was sacked after a 5-3 start in 1984 and accepted the coaching position in Indianapolis late in 1986 after the Colts started 0-13.

Enter Meyer, an OH native and Purdue grad that appropriated Texas-sounding terms such as "slobberknockers" and "blowing snot bubbles" as expressions of the kind of intensity he wanted to see from his players.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, on February 17, 1941, Meyer played quarterback and defensive back for two years at Purdue before turning to a coaching career.

He started at Penn High School in IN before receiving a job as an assistant at Purdue.

In 1994, he returned to coaching again becoming the head coach of the Canadian Football League's Las Vegas Posse franchise.

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