Former Patriots coach Ron Meyer dies at 76

The winningest coach by percentage in UNLV football history has died. Ron Meyer was 76

He was brash and young, considered inexperienced and even unprofessional by a few of his athletes, and eventually, he was rejected by a team that, at the time, didn't have the cache to have the best candidates lining up to coach them.

Rest in peace, Ron Meyer, our colorful head coach from '86-'91.

Ron Meyer, the football coach behind SMU's famed "Pony Express" and the NFL's infamous "Snowplow Game" between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins, has died at the age of 76.

Indianapolis didn't make the playoffs in the next three years and Meyer's tenure was over when the Colts started 0-5 in 1991.

"I am sad to hear of Ron Meyer's passing", Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement. "Thirty-five years later, that hire has proven to be a lasting legacy".

Plow driver Mark Henderson went down in sports infamy after clearing the snow for Patriots kicker John Smith before a field-goal attempt against the Dolphins.

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.

He played quarterback and defensive back for the Boilermakers in 1961-62 and was an Academic All-Big Ten selection. "My mom and I loved Coach Meyer". He was sacked midseason in 1991 after an 0-5 start to the year.

Meyer did not have that authority, however, and was sacked the next day by Patrick Sullivan. "God bless Coach Meyer!"

The kick was good, and the Patriots won, 3-0.

Dolphins coach Don Shula was livid.

Meyer was succeeded by Raymond Berry midway through the 1984 season. The game will be Meyers first bowl as a head coach and SMUs first bowl in 12 years.

Meyer, who spent nine seasons as an National Football League head coach, three with the Patriots and six with the Indianapolis Colts, was known as a controversial figure of sorts - specifically known for a time he used a snowplow to give the Patriots an advantage over Don Shula and the Miami Dolphins. He spent six seasons at his alma mater before working two seasons as a scout for the Dallas Cowboys.

He also served a stint coaching in the short-lived XFL.

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