Dallas Cowboys: Tony Casillas

GRAPEVINE, Texas -- Several current and former Dallas Cowboys players gathered Sunday night at the Gaylord Texas to support the Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party.

But this wasn't any normal party. Proceeds from the event went to the North Texas Food Bank. The Cowboys have raised more than $1 million and more than four million meals for needy families in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

The event was hosted by DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher.

"This means a lot," Hatcher said. "I've heard about this event in the eight years since I’ve been in the league. It’s one of those things I can relate to. I was one of those kids who would leave school in the summer and say, 'Man, I can’t get two meals.' That’s why I’m here today. I’ll put any time and effort I got into a situation like this I can relate to."

Among the current and former Cowboys in attendance: Nate Livings, Caleb McSurdy, Brandon Carr, Rob Callaway, Tony Casillas, Nate Newton, Preston Pearson and Daryl Johnston.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and secondary coach Jerome Henderson also supported the event.

Nate Newton: 'Horse liniment' used during 1990s

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Former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton, the co-host of ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's "Coop & Nate" show, confirmed Tony Casillas' comments that players used horse ointment to help them heal.

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Former Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton, the co-host of ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's "Coop & Nate" show, confirmed Tony Casillas' comments on Thursday afternoon that NFL players used "DMSO" to help heal aching muscles during the 1990s.

"Horse liniment. I used it one or two times," Newton said. "It helped healed horses, muscles, aches and pains and little whatnots. It helped you.

"When you put this stuff in you, you had to be careful because it's kind of like a poison. It ain't something you can drink. It's something you've got to rub on you. You can taste it all in your mouth. Your breath smells like onions. You could tell a person that's been using it. I walked by Tony, and was like 'Woah. Tony, you're back on the DMSO?' You could smell it. You could smell it all over the locker room."

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ESPN 103.3 FM is hosting its once-a-year Jingle Ball celebration Wednesday, Dec. 9 at Cape Buffalo in Addison. Proceeds benefit the Dallas All Sports Association and the Ron Springs and Everson Walls Gift For Life Foundation. A full list of celebrity appearances can be found on 103.3 FM's events page.

Former and current Cowboys scheduled to appear are:
  • Joe Avezzano
  • Tony Banks
  • Martellus Bennett
  • Tony Casillas
  • Patrick Crayton
  • Michael Downs
  • Billy Joe Dupree
  • Cliff Harris
  • Jesse Holley
  • Michael Irvin
  • Rocket Ismail
  • Bradie James
  • Eugene Lockhart
  • Kevin Mathis
  • Nate Newton
  • Mike Renfro
  • Everson Walls
  • Gerald Sensabaugh

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