Everson Walls made four Pro Bowls as an NFL defensive back, largely on the strength of his ability to take footballs away from the opposition. But in 2007, he created what is perhaps his most lasting legacy when he gave something precious to someone else. Walls donated a kidney to his diabetic friend and former Cowboys teammate, Ron Springs.
Springs has since passed away, but his family and friends have aimed to continue his legacy through charitable endeavors benefitting those who suffer from kidney disorders. May 17, they’ll host a dinner in Frisco themed around players who saw action for the Dallas Cowboys and the Ohio State Buckeyes. The event honors the memories of Springs and Terry Glenn, each of whom played for both teams. A number of former Cowboys and Buckeyes are expected to attend, including a few others who played for both, like Eddie George and Doug Donley.
In this interview, Walls and another of Springs’ former teammates, Tony Dorsett, talk about their ebullient friend and the event that will celebrate his legacy. The chemistry between the two of them makes for great entertainment, and also reveals the bond they shared with Springs.
The event is called Brotherhood 4 Good, and in this interview, you can definitely get a sense of the brotherhood that forms among teammates. I can only imagine the quantity and quality of stories about football and otherwise that will get told that evening.
Brotherhood 4 Good will take place May 17 at Verona Villa in Frisco, just north of the Cowboys’ current practice facility. It benefits the Ron Springs Gift For Life Foundation and the Brighter Generation Foundation, which helps homeless and foster youth who age out of the foster care system (a cause embraced by Glenn). Details can be found at RonSpringsGiftForLife.org.