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Apples, Oranges, Banana’s

Apples, Oranges, Banana’s
The great Paul “Bear” Bryant tried to recruit Don Meredith to come play football at Texas A&M.  Unfortunately for Bryant, A&M was still an all-male school at that time, and Meredith responded, “Coach Bryant, there’s not a coach in the world I’d rather play for.  I’d go anywhere in the world to play for you, except, of course, at some school where girls aren’t allowed.  In 1956, Meredith enrolled at SMU and became the class president.  Ten years later, Meredith was leading the Dallas Cowboys to the NFC Championship games against the Green Bay Packers.  Don was a real character.  He was famous for forgetting plays, whistling and singing in the huddle and, oh yes, throwing touchdown passes to Bob Hayes.  “Don was always pulling pranks; I just loved him,” said Bob Lilly.  One of the funniest stories on Meredith was told by Lilly.  In a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1963, Hall-of-Fame defensive lineman, Ernie Stautner, was just hammering Meredith on every pass-play attempt.  Meredith decided to change the snap count and instead of saying, “Hut one, hut two,” he started calling out the names of fruit:  “Apples, oranges, bananas, peaches, and pineapples.”  The Steelers immediately called timeout. It was not until 1966, after Stautner left the playing field and joined Landry’s coaching staff, that Ernie explained why Pittsburgh had called that timeout.  “When we heard Meredith calling signals on fruit, we had to call a timeout because we were laughing so hard,” said Stautner.
                                                            Andy Purvis


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