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Former Cowboys running back Ron Springs passes away

R. Springs

Former Cowboys running back Ron Springs passed away Thursday at the age of 54, almost four years after slipping into a coma that he never recovered from.

The father of NFL player Shawn Springs, Ron’s story touched a lot of people in 2007 when his former teammate and best friend Everson Walls donated his kidney to Springs in February of that year. ¬†The Cowboys celebrated the duo in a ceremony that September, but complications arose from a separate surgery that October.

“He touched a lot of people,” Walls told Clarence E. Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I have had people call and text me and say they donated organs because of what we went through. It’s amazing to be able to leave that kind of legacy. What a mark he made on society as a whole. Forget sports. This is a real life situation and he was the face of that.

“He is the face of the sacrifice and the strength of people who deal with kidney disease and diabetes.”

Springs’ youngest daughter, Ashley, graduates from the University of North Texas on Saturday. ¬†Springs is survived by his wife Adriane, son Shawn, daughter Ayra Springs Foster, and Ashley.

We send our condolences to Springs’ family and friends at this time.

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8 Responses to “Former Cowboys running back Ron Springs passes away”
  1. dccowboy says: May 13, 2011 10:44 AM

    My condolences to the Springs family. Ron was a good man. He will be missed.

  2. 1bigtex says: May 13, 2011 12:33 PM

    Imagine that, someone actually gave a thumbs down to a post offering condolences over the death of another. Didn’t have the courage to make a statement as to why, just a thumbs down. What a gutless wonder. A total lack of imagination. Obviously, can’t begin to comprehend anything beyond his own narrow world.

    I can’t begin to fathom how difficult this must be for the Springs’ family. With the combination of first the coma and now this, it must be as if he died twice. Hope everyone is able to find some peace.

  3. robertallen1958 says: May 13, 2011 12:38 PM

    In the first round of the draft Coach Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys selects #20 Ron Springs from The Ohio State Buckeyes!
    R.I.P. Ron, Coach is waiting

  4. joetoronto says: May 13, 2011 12:49 PM

    That’s a damn shame, way too young to pass away.

    I loved watching Springs play.

  5. jw731 says: May 13, 2011 1:32 PM

    My condolences to his family. And as the above poster said, way too young to pass. But as i read this story, one thing comes to mind. The world would be a better place if every human being had a friend as loyal, as committed to each other as these two men….RIP…

  6. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: May 13, 2011 1:40 PM

    :’(

  7. bigmikeskinsfan says: May 13, 2011 7:27 PM

    from a Skins fan….much respect to a fallen warrior. Having Springs on our team we were well aware of his dad’s situation. While it is sad to see him pass I am glad he is no longer in pain.

    We mourn this together…

  8. cup0pizza says: May 14, 2011 6:51 AM

    RIP – he was an underrated Cowboy and will be missed.

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