Former New England Patriots coach Ron Meyer passes away at 76

The winningest coach by percentage in UNLV football history has died. Ron Meyer was 76

The winningest coach by percentage in UNLV football history has died. Ron Meyer was 76

Former NFL and college football head coach Ron Meyer died at the age of 76, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay confirmed Tuesday night.

Indianapolis didn't make the playoffs in the next three years and Meyer's tenure was over when the Colts started 0-5 in 1991.

Meyer, who spent nine seasons as an National Football League head coach, three with the Patriots and six with the Indianapolis Colts, was known as a controversial figure of sorts - specifically known for a time he used a snowplow to give the Patriots an advantage over Don Shula and the Miami Dolphins.

"[Meyer] finally spotted me and comes running after me waving his arms, and he said, 'Get out there and do something, '" Henderson said in a 2010 interview with the Boston Globe's Stan Grossfeld.

"I knew exactly what he meant, so I jumped on the tractor and proceeded to go out on the 20-yard line, where I was supposed to be", Henderson said.

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. UNLV went 8-3 in 1973 and followed that with seasons of 12-1 and 7-4.

The kick was good, and the Patriots won, 3-0.

The "snow plow" now hangs in The Hall at Patriot Place, the team's museum/hall of fame.

Meyer finished 18-15 in his Patriots career, with his first year as coach coming in a strike-shortened season in 1982.

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.

Led us to our first playoff appearance in Indy era, in '87.

Devastated to hear the passing of my coach and great friend Ron Meyer.

Meyer also found himself in constant conflict with some members of his coaching staff, notably defensive coordinator Rod Rust. He was a great man. Coach and his family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Undoubtedly, Meyer's most memorable moment as Patriots coach came on December 12, 1982, at then-Schaefer Stadium. He spent three seasons there, earning the Division II Coach of the Year award in 1974, before accepting the SMU job.

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