Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Everson Walls is donating a kidney to save the life of his former teammate, Ron Springs–even though his son now plays for the hated Redskins.
Washington Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs said yesterday that his ailing father, Ron, has found a match for a kidney transplant, and it happens to be an old friend. Everson Walls, the former Dallas Cowboys cornerback who was Ron Springs’s teammate with the Cowboys from 1981 to ’84, agreed to donate a kidney, and surgery could take place, according to Shawn Springs, “any day now.”
Ron Springs, 50, has diabetes and has been undergoing dialysis as he tries to get healthy enough for a transplant. Ron Springs, who lives in Dallas, played eight years in the NFL. He was the backfield mate of Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett in Dallas for six seasons, ending his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His best season was in 1983, when he rushed for 541 yards and seven touchdowns and caught 73 passes for 589 yards and a touchdown.
Shawn Springs offered to end his career and donate a kidney, but his father would not allow any of his children to be tested. Last year, another relative initially appeared to be a match but was not. A battery of tests is scheduled for today and surgery could be completed shortly thereafter.
“Everson Walls is my dad’s best friend and somebody who taught me a lot about being a cornerback in the NFL,” Springs said. Walls and Springs were Cowboys teammates between 1981 and 1984.
A touching story. I wish Walls and Springs full and speedy recoveries.
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