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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 28, ISSUE 3 64 Former Purdue player and assistant football coach Ron Meyer died suddenly on Dec. 5 after suffering an aortic an- eurysm on a golf course near his home in Texas. Meyer was a walk-on defensive back for Coach Jack Mol- lenkopf and earned his way into the starting lineup before graduating after the 1962 season. He served as a Boilermak- er assistant coach under Mollenkopf and Bob DeMoss from 1965-70 and became one of the greatest recruiters in Boiler- maker football history as he was responsible for wooing the likes of future NFL first-round picks Otis Armstrong, Darryl Stingley and Dave Butz in the 1969 recruiting class. Meyer had successful, but occasionally controversial, stops in the college game at UNLV and SMU before coaching the New England Patriots and Colts. He came within an eyelash of taking the Purdue football job in 1986, before deciding on a better offer with the Colts. But one thing Meyer didn't do was lose touch with his former teammate and lifelong friend Ray Schultz. Schul- tz, a Boilermaker end from 1960-62 and long-time high school coach, offered a tribute to his long-time buddy. BY RAY SCHULTZ Special to Gold and Black Illustrated T he knock on our window startled me out of a sound sleep. I looked at the clock: 4 a.m. and still pitch black outside. After muttering a few unpleasant words to myself, I cautiously pulled back the curtains to find my good friend Ron Meyer staring back at me — a distinct mix of fright and excitement on his face. "Buddy, I've gotta use your Chevy," he shouted, his booming voice loud enough to wake up all the residents My Friend, Coach Ron Meyer PRESENTS: PURDUE'S GREATEST STORIES, TRADITIONS AND PEOPLE Ray Schultz (94) and Meyer had maintained a close relationship in the 54 years since the two graduated from Purdue. Ron Meyer, with All-America quarterback Mike Phipps (left), coached the Boilermakers' receivers and was a top-notch recruiter during his six years as an assistant.

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