Patriots say former head coach Ron Meyer has died


The New England Patriots said Wednesday that former head coach Ron Meyer has died. He was 76 years old.

Meyer served as head coach from 1982 to 1984.

"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," Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a news release.

The team also noted Meyer's place in Patriots history:

One of his most memorable moments during his head coaching tenure with the Patriots came in the infamous “Snow Plow Game,” on Dec. 12, 1982, when Meyer called a timeout during wintry conditions, for a stadium worker to clear a spot on the field for placekicker John Smith to attempt a go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter. The kick was successful and the Patriots went on to beat the Dolphins, 3-0.

Meyer went on to coach the Indianapolis Colts.

He was a native of Ohio.

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