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Ron Springs Passes

Former Cowboy Ron Springs died Thursday at the age of 54. Springs had been in a coma since he went in for what was hoped to be a simple surgery to remove a cyst from his elbow back in 2007. That was just a few months after a heartwarming story involving his old friend and teammate Everson Walls came to light. Springs needed a kidney transplant and was not at the top of the waiting list for an organ, so Walls stepped up and donated a kidney. Though Springs passed much too soon, he and Walls did some really good work in educating on the living donor process as a result of their experience. His son, Shawn Springs, had also offered to end his career in 2006 and donate a kidney, but Ron declined.


Springs was a fifth round pick by the Cowboys in 1979 after a college career under Woody Hayes at Ohio State. He played with the Cowboys for six years, then with the Buccaneers for two. He was a part of two division winners and five playoff teams in Dallas, three times reaching the NFC Championship game.


Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.