Ron Meyer, coach who orchestrated 'Snow Plow Game,' dies

Former UNLV football coach Ron Meyer dies at 76

Ron Meyer, coach who orchestrated 'Snow Plow Game,' dies

Former New England Patriots head coach Ron Meyer has died at the age of 76, according to reports.

Meyer also coached in the National Football League with the Indianapolis Colts and in the college ranks at Southern Methodist and UNLV. During a December game against the Miami Dolphins that year, Meyer famously called a timeout so a stadium maintenance worker, Mark Henderson, could plow snow away from the spot where kicker John Smith was going to attempt a 33-yard field goal.

Irving Fryar, left, poses with New England Patriots coach Ron Meyer, right, during a press conference at Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, April 11, 1984. Shula railed against Meyer's lack of sportsmanship and later, when after finishing his career with 347 victories, would always claim he "really" won 348, discounting the game which came to be known as the Snowplow Game.

Meyer also found himself in constant conflict with some members of his coaching staff, notably defensive coordinator Rod Rust.

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Meyer was 18-15 in the regular season with the Patriots and 0-1 in the playoffs.

The Patriots finished 5-4 in Meyer's first season, making the playoffs for the first time since 1978.

In 1982, Meyer took the Patriots' head coaching job after six seasons at SMU and spent two-and-a-half years with the team. Prior to arriving in the National Football League, he was the SMU Mustangs' head coach for six seasons. He had a 36-35 overall record with the Colts. He was a great man. Coach and his family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Meyer walked onto the football team at Purdue, eventually earning a scholarship. "God bless Coach Meyer!"

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Meyer led the Colts to three straight wins to end the year, then captured the AFC Coach of the Year award again the next season by leading Indianapolis to a division title after he helped orchestrate a blockbuster trade that brought Dickerson to Indianapolis.

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

In 1973, he got back into the college ranks with the head coaching job at UNLV. Later in his life, Meyer coached short-lived franchises of the CFL in Las Vegas and the XFL in Chicago, and became a TV analyst.

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