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Cowboys nation in mourning today

CARROLLTON, Texas -- The funeral for former Cowboys running back Ron Springs, is today at Covenant Church on Trinity Mills road at 10 a.m.

Springs, 54, died of a heart attack last Thursday after spending nearly four years in a coma.

Springs battled diabetes for 16 years and was on the national transplant waiting list for a kidney since 2004. The disease led to the amputation of his right foot and the big and middle toes on his left foot. Springs was forced into a wheelchair and was on constant dialysis.

After turning down a kidney transplant from his son, NFL player Shawn Springs, Ron Springs' former Cowboys' teammate, Everson Walls donated his kidney to his best friend in February 2007.

Springs was doing well in his recovery and the two created a foundation to raise awareness for organ transplants and wrote a book about their journey.

But during what was expected to be a routine surgery to remove a cyst from his elbow, Springs slipped into a coma in October 2007. The Springs family has since filed a lawsuit against the doctors who performed the procedure at Medical City Dallas Hospital.

Today, several of his former teammates and coaches will pay their respects to Springs. Former Cowboys quarterback and Hall of Famer Roger Staubach and Walls will make a few remarks.