Walls Among Cowboys at the Funeral for Ron Springs

The Dallas Morning News has coverage today about the funeral of Ron Springs, who passed away last week after being in a coma. Former teammate Ron Springs spoke at the funeral.

When retired Cowboys running back Ron Springs was buried Thursday at Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, so too was a part of Everson Walls.

“You dread these days,” Walls, a teammate of Springs, said after the funeral.

In February 2007, Walls donated a kidney to Springs, whose body had been ravaged by diabetes. And the act received national attention. Never before had a professional athlete given one of his organs to teammate.

“Everson did one of the noblest things that an individual could do,” former Cowboys receiver Tony Hill said last week.

But less than eight months after the transplant, Springs lapsed into a coma during an operation to remove a cyst from his arm. He never regained consciousness before dying May 12 at age 54 inside Medical City Dallas Hospital.

A week later, Walls and many of Springs’ closest friends, family members and teammates mourned his passing at a funeral at Covenant Church in Carrollton.

It was emotional day for all of them, but even more so for Walls, who teamed with Springs to establish the Gift for Life Foundation, an organization dedicated to educating people about ways to prevent chronic kidney disease and dispel myths about the living donor process.

“Ron was special,” said Walls, a defensive back who played with the Cowboys from 1981-89. “Everything I shared with him has stuck with me.”

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