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Montrae Holland's touching holiday tale

When Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Montrae Holland visited Dallas' Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children earlier this month, the memories came flooding back. It had been 17 years since Holland spent three months in this hospital after undergoing a life-changing surgery on his right leg.

Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com has the full story on Holland, now in his second season with the Cowboys. Archer writes that Holland's surgeon at Texas Scottish Rite is still using his former patient as inspiration to other kids.

"I've told kids, 'One of the patients I did this surgery on, he is now playing football for the Cowboys,' and their eyes light up," Dr. Steve Richards said. "I think it's a fantastic story. I'm glad to be a part of it. We see a ton of these guys [that want to continue to play sports], but there's only one Montrae. For him to achieve what he has achieved, obviously he had those gifts inside him."