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Diana J. Kleiner

MEREDITH, DUDLEY (1935–1987). Dudley Meredith, professional football player, the son of Douglas and Lola Meredith, was born on January 16, 1935, at Southwick, Texas. He was an outstanding player at Class 1A Burnet High School and starred at Midwestern University until that school discontinued football after its 1956 season. He transferred for his senior year to Lamar University, where he earned All-America honors from the Associated Press in 1957, thus becoming the university's first player to receive the award, and was named to the All-Lone Star Conference team. Meredith was a twenty-first-round draft choice of the Detroit Lions in 1957 but was cut after the first exhibition game. He joined the Houston Oilers of the newly formed American Football League in 1960. He played with them in 1963, then spent five seasons as a reserve defensive tackle with the Buffalo Bills; he was a key player on the team's 1964 AFL championship team. He was reacquired by the Oilers early in the 1968 season. Meredith was 6'4" tall and weighed 280 pounds. At the time of his death of a heart attack in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, on December 22, 1987, he was employed in Beaumont as a transporter of construction materials nationwide.

Sporting News, January 18, 1988.

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