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Dallas Morning News

The Dallas Morning News had a front page story about Don Meredith. I thought I would share this picture with anyone that doesn’t live in Dallas, enjoy.

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Don Meredith


I was so saddened to hear of Don Meredith’s death today. He was the first football leader that I really appreciated working with, but I am still bitter because I am the reason he had to retire. A few years back at the the Tom Laundry reunion at Texas Stadium I remember going up to him about to shake his hand and I couldn’t help but cry when I looked down. He saw my grief as I said “Don, I am so sorry I missed that block” so which he graciously replied “What missed block?”. He was the kind of guy that would look to us for answers and plays in the huddle as we crowed around each other like children playing in the street.

He was one of the greatest, and will be forever missed. My condolences to family and friends of Don.

John

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Week of December 6th

Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a great holiday season. I found this recently and thought I would share it with all of you. Its a Packers contract very similar to the one I signed. (click on the photos twice to view a larger size)


Ahh.. how times change. I love the “$150 per game part” thats practically pocket change to the players now. I also like “We will gladly increase the amount of this contract as soon as you are playing the kind of ball deserving more money.” Someone needs to put that back in modern contracts.

I have failed to mention in my earlier posts that I am in the process of writing a book! Well, should I say my good friend Jody Perry is writing it. She is so far doing a great job and has interviewed so many people I have already lost count. I can not wait for it to be finished for all of you. She has her own website which you can visit and read about her. http://jodylynnperry.com/ . She also has another website where she talks about “her love affair with Santa Barbara”; she gives the scoop on all the best beaches, stores and other nooks and crannies of Santa Barbara only the locals know about.

No Women, No Game;
John

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My thoughts on the Thanksgiving Day game aganist the Saints

All I can say is take the money back from Miles Austin. You have seen and discovered that Austin can not catch with a pocket full of money. We let this one slip though our fingers, we could have won easily. The life expectancy of a kicker is about 12 weeks, goodbye Beuhler.

What did you guys think?

John

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Week of November 22nd

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a great Thanksgiving week. I’m not going to the game this year but I will defiantly be watching at home with my family while we eat, a lot. Its freezing here in Dallas, its interesting, yesterday it was 80 and today its 40. But that’s Dallas for ya. I’ll be updating later this week again since this is such a short post.

Happy Thanksgiving,
John

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Week of November 15th

Hello everyone and welcome to my new website! This is officially my first post with many more to come. I have been wanting a website for a long time and finally got around to getting the help to start one. I plan to update every week about the things I am doing and the progress of my book. I will also be sharing my thoughts on some Cowboy news as well!

To start off I would like to say thank you BleacherReport.com for naming me one of the Top Dallas Cowboy’s Players! You can visit the article here.

I also did an interview with NBCDFW.com which you can watch here.

The weekend of Halloween I went to the 2010 Arthritis Foundation Bone Bash. I took my whole family and had a lot of fun. I got to do a short speech supporting the foundation  and all that they do. If you get the chance you should check out their website and donate, it is a really great cause that I stand for 100%.

Bone Bash

I also recently signed some Cowboy Stadium chairs for Kids Matter, a great non-profit organization “whose mission is to empower youth and families with tools to effectively manage the stressors of everyday life through programming, education, and collaboration.” You can visit their website as well. Here are some photos of the chairs.


I thought it was kind of funny that they gave me number 7 and 6.

I met Jen Wenter at a signing recently. Shes a great Pro Football player..AND shes a girl! Check her out at www.jenwelter.com, its really cool to know there are some girl players out there with as much ambition to play as some men.

I am taking some Cowboy fans on Sunday to the game, they won an auction at the Bone Bash and I am delighted to take them! Im off to get my car ready, I will be personally picking them up and taking them to the stadium. Hopefully the Boys will step their game up!! I have added tons of new photos to the “John Niland Photos” tab at the top of the website for all of ya’ll.

No Women, No Sport;
John Niland

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Who is John Niland?

Here is what wikipedia.org has to say:

John Hugh Niland (born February 29, 1944 in Quincy, Massachusetts) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League from 1966 through 1975. He played college football at the University of Iowa where he was an All-American selection in (1965). He was also a Second-team All-America selection in 1964 by the Newspaper Enterprise Association. Additionally, he was drafted in the first round (fifth overal) of the 1966 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

He played guard for the Cowboys for nine seasons. One of the top offensive lineman of his era, and an excellent pulling guard, Niland was selected to six consecutive Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro. Niland was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1975. He played one season for the Eagles before retiring.

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