Patriots memorialize Ron Meyer, coach of the Snowplow Game

Patriots memorialize Ron Meyer, coach of the Snowplow Game

Ron Meyer, who served as head coach for the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts in the National Football League, and UNLV and Southern Methodist in the college ranks, has died.

UNLV was Meyer's first job as a head coach; he was subsequently hired by Southern Methodist University.

The Patriots of that time were desperate to make a splash in their search for a new coach. 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.

New England Patriots Coach Ron Meyer talks with newsmen on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1982 at Schaeffer Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., where he discussed getting the team back in shape after a tentative agreement was reached in the 57-day-old players' strike. "My mom and I loved Coach Meyer".

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.

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

Ron Meyer, whose UNLV football teams compiled a 27-8 record in his three seasons as coach during the 1970s, died Tuesday. Prior to arriving in the National Football League, he was the SMU Mustangs' head coach for six seasons. Smith made the field goal, and the Patriots beat the Dolphins 3-0.

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Smith, meanwhile, has steadfastly maintained that when the plow veered to clear the spot from which Matt Cavanaugh would hold the ball, it swept additional snow and slush into his approach to the kick and made it more hard.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ron and his family.

He led the Colts for four full seasons, from 1987-90, as well as parts of the 1986 and 1991 seasons; all told, he was 36-35 with Indianapolis.

Undoubtedly, Meyer's most memorable moment as Patriots coach came on December 12, 1982, at then-Schaefer Stadium.

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.

Meyer, a native of Westerville, Ohio, coached at Purdue for five years after his graduation and briefly became a personnel scout with the Dallas Cowboys before becoming head coach at UNLV in 1973.

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

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