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Monday, May 16, 2011
Staubach, Walls to speak at Springs' funeral

By Calvin Watkins

Former Cowboys teammates Roger Staubach and Everson Walls are scheduled to speak at Ron Springs' funeral Thursday.

Springs died last Thursday of a heart attack. He was 54. Springs slipped into a coma in 2007 while undergoing surgery for the removal of a cyst in his elbow and never regained consciousness.

A wake for Springs will take place at Sparkman-Hillcrest Funeral Home in Dallas on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Covenant Church in Carrollton.

Springs played six seasons with the Cowboys and was the backup to Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett.

During the latter years of Springs' life, his best friend Walls donated a kidney to save his life. The two started a foundation that touched the lives of many and even wrote a book about their journey.

"He's really a fine human being," Staubach said Monday of Springs. "God rest his soul right now. His wife asked me to say a few words and I was the old guy when he was a rookie. He and I had a good relationship."