Cowboys hand out meals, smiles

November, 15, 2011
11/15/11
2:26
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DALLAS -- No Cowboy has had a quicker rise to prominence this year than DeMarco Murray.

The rookie running back received the loudest ovation after Pro Bowlers Jason Witten and DeMarcus Ware as the players handed out early Thanksgiving Day meals at The Salvation Army’s Carr P. Collins Social Services Center in Dallas on Tuesday.

That’s what rushing for 601 yards in the last four games will do for a runner.

“I’m just happy to be here and see all the people our happy,” Murray said. “There’s nothing like giving back.”

Murray, Ware and Witten were part of a dozen players to attend Tuesday’s function. They were joined by Jesse Holley, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Robert Callaway, Orlando Scandrick, Derrick Dockery, Phillip Tanner, Mat McBriar, Felix Jones and Jason Hatcher. Gene Jones and Charlotte Anderson, as well as a number of players’ wives and girlfriends, including Jason Garrett’s wife, Brill, were also in attendance.

Players and wives dished out meals to roughly 200 men and women for more than an hour as part of the team’s early holiday tradition.

“This is a special thing to come out to, putting smiles on these peoples’ faces,” Hatcher said. “I’m just a small fish in a big pond when it comes to DeMarcus Ware and Jason Witten but the effect I have on these lives puts joy in my heart. I’m glad I’m out here. I should’ve been doing it five years ago … I won’t miss another year. As long as I’m part of the Cowboys I will be here. This is a special day.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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