Former Cowboys RB Ron Springs dies

May, 12, 2011
Former Cowboys running back Ron Springs died Thursday of a heart attack. He was 54.

Springs had been in a coma after going into cardiac arrest in October 2007 during an operation to have a cyst removed from an elbow.

The latter years of Springs life were punctuated when his former Cowboys’ teammate and best friend Everson Walls donated his kidney. The two started a foundation called the Gift For Life that touched the lives of many people and even wrote a book, Gift for Ron about their experience. The book was written by ESPN's Kevin Blackistone.

“I got text from a woman who donated a kidney because of our story,” Walls said Thursday night in confirming Springs' death. “There are a lot of people connected to this, sometimes you just don’t realize it. Ron touched a lot of people’s lives.”

For more on Springs' passing, click here.
Calvin Watkins covers the Houston Rockets and the NBA for He joined in September 2009. He's covered the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers as well as colleges, boxing and high school sports.



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