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Former Patriots head coach Ron Meyer dies at age 76

The Providence Journal, R.I.
December 06. 2017 11:09PM
Indianapolis Colts head coach Ron Meyer on the sidelines during a 1989 game against the Miami Dolphins at Joe Robbie Stadium. (RVR Photos-USA TODAY NETWORK)

Former Patriots head coach Ron Meyer has died at age 76, the team announced Wednesday morning.

Meyer coached the Patriots from 1982 to 1984, after six years at Southern Methodist University. He was AFC Coach of the Year in the strike-shortened 1982 season, and finished his Patriots tenure with an 18-15 regular-season record.

“I am sad to hear of Ron Meyer’s passing,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “He was a colorful head coach who was very entertaining for fans during his tenure. One of the greatest things Ron did when he was hired in 1982 was to bring us a young coach from his staff at Southern Methodist University named Dante Scarnecchia. Thirty-five years later, that hire has proven to be a lasting legacy. On behalf of the entire Patriots organization, we send our thoughts and prayers to the Meyer family and the many friends who are mourning his loss.”

Meyer is perhaps best remembered for his role in the Dec. 12, 1982, “Snow Plow Game” against the Miami Dolphins in Foxborough, when Meyer called a late-game timeout so that a stadium worker could clear a spot on the field for John Smith’s go-ahead field goal.

Meyer went on to coach the Indianapolis Colts, then the Patriots’ AFC East division rival, from 1986 to 1991.