Faith: Everson Walls Saves Ron Springs

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Thanks to Walls (bottom), former teammate Springs is living again. 

It’s a good thing Everson Walls did not get his wish. When he initially agreed to donate a kidney to Ron Springs, his former Dallas Cowboy teammate, the ex-cornerback thought the decision would remain a secret shared between to old friends and their families. Not quite.

Most of us now know about Walls’ gift. And because we know, perhaps others will choose to make a similar sacrifice and provide the gift of a healthy life to one of the 95,000 people waiting for organ donations.

For 16 years, the 50-year-old Springs has suffered from diabetes. The disease put him in a wheelchair and he needed dialysis three times every week. He’d also lost his right foot and part of his left, and had been on the national transplant waiting list since 2004.

Walls decided to see if he was compatible after two of Springs’ family members tests came up negative. The operation took place last Wednesday, a couple of months after the news leaked because Springs’ son, Shawn, a Washington Redskins cornerback, could not keep it to himself. On Friday, the two men sat next to each other at a Dallas hospital and talked about their new bond.

“This is the greatest moment in my life,”Springs said Friday, through tears. “Everson Walls is my greatest friend right now, and I’ll have to deal with him for 30 more years. I know he’s going to hold this over me.”

The trasnplant happened because Walls ignored those who told him he did not have to do it. Even his own mother tried to persuade him not to take the risk. But both Walls and Springs are strong men of faith. That has been their bond and it remained their strength through the operation.

“”I wasn’t afraid. I was never afraid,” Walls said.

“I wasn’t scared because I walk by faith,” added Springs. “I prayed, I believed and I received. This was destined 25 years ago. There was a reason God put me in Everson’s life.”

In 1981, Walls joined the Cowboys as a free-agent rookie corner. Springs was a third-year running back. They shared the Cowboy star only four seasons. But they remained friends long after they retired. They live near each other in Dallas and their families are tight. Now, they’ve decided to launch a foundation aimed at increasing donor awareness.

“Before Ron went [into surgery], something very powerful happened,” said Walls, trying to fight back his own tears. “He made a statement to my mother that he wanted to thank her for having me, because for her to have had me… saved him.”

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13 thoughts on “Faith: Everson Walls Saves Ron Springs

  1. blueollie says:

    So much for “greedy selfish” athletes! 🙂

    Talk about being a true friend; it makes me proud to know there are men like these around.

  2. […] Social commentary: if you think that professional athletes are selfish brutes, read this. […]

  3. Juan says:

    I agree with the underlying premise, that this is a helluva story!

    What a great dude to be so giving of himself for a friend.

  4. DOREN Palmer says:

    i just read the article concerning the all star weekend in Vegas and it is more of the same.. truer words were never spoken when it is said that we are our own worse enemy…somewhere around the early nineties it became trendy to be “ghetto”..as if for one to show they were intelligent and classy was deemed boring..that you had to be loud, crass, belligerent to be cool and popular. unfortunately, it became a lifestyle more than a trend and the generations preceding the era continue to perpetuate the new stereotype…i call it “the keep it real black folks”. some black people have redefined what they think to be our culture…what they fail to realize is their new definition lacks our fore-fathers ethics and values on life, how we’re a people rich in culture and intelligence, class and dignity. somewhere along the way, the message that was being passed down by our folks got seriously lost in transition…i could speak on this issue until my fingers fell off but the bottom line is, we, as a people, are in need of a miracle that only God can provide

  5. DOREN Palmer says:

    i just read the article concerning the all star weekend in Vegas and it is more of the same.. truer words were never spoken when it is said that we are our own worse enemy…somewhere around the early nineties it became trendy to be “ghetto”..as if for one to show they were intelligent and classy was deemed boring..that you had to be loud, crass, belligerent to be cool and popular. unfortunately, it became a lifestyle more than a trend and the generations preceding the era continue to perpetuate the new stereotype…i call it “the keep it real black folks”. some black people have redefined what they think to be our culture…what they fail to realize is their new definition lacks our fore-fathers ethics and values on life, how we’re a people rich in culture and intelligence, class and dignity. somewhere along the way, the message that was being passed down by our folks got seriously lost in transition…i could speak on this issue until my fingers fell off but the bottom line is, we, as a people, are in need of a miracle that only God can provide

  6. Juan says:

    “We, as a people, are in need of a miracle that only God can provide”…..

    See, I don’t know about that…

    While, I think there are a lot of decisions that are outside the control of the average African-American person(shutting down factories, plants, etc., decision for country to go to war, drug policy, etc. ).. there are a lot of things that are wholly wiithin people’s controls.

    Don’t like what is referred to as “ghetto” culture, well, then turn off the tv. Read books. Don’t like the music. Turn it off. It’s rather simple.

    What is hard for people is that as a result, they will have a disconnect from the society if they unplug themselves in this manner.

    Saying that only God can provide an answer is an easy remark to make.

    The speaker can say this, yet, admit there are problems within the group and hope and wish and pray that God will solve it. Most dangerously, it alleviates the need for any action on the part of the speaker and in a sense avoids responsibility, since after all, only God can provide a suitable response.

    God is not going to be providing solutions to problems on earth. We are. Rather, we have to.

  7. Daryl says:

    Once again, we are a star struck society. We cater to the gifted and talented without regards to character. Talent and character are not synonomous. However, in this case, Everson Walls is a man who was not only a gifted football player, but he is one who represents humanity in the highest sense of the word. What a wonderful unselfish human being, and a great friend. We all need friends like Mr. Walls. God bless you sir!

  8. Faith Greenwood says:

    I would like to know do you know how I can find out more about Ron Springs and Everson Walls Gift of Life Foundation. By any chance do you have a website, email address and or phone # for that or them.

    I have info that may be a financial blessing to their non-profit organization.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Faith Greenwood
    919-940-4330

  9. MONETTE D.WILLIE says:

    DEAR RON SPRINGS, mY SENSE OF HUMOR IS ALWAYS MISS UNDERSTOOD BUT I SPEAK FRANKLY. BE hAPPY ABOUT THE SENSES YOU HAVE USED THEM TO ESTABLISH AND RECREATE A NEW TALENT, A NEW SONG. HOW DO YOU THINK STEVE WONDER GAINED SOME WAIT. BORDOM IS LIFE OF SIMPLICITY AND NOT hIGHYWAY i-635. i CRY BUT I GUESS THAT THE WORST OF GODS CHALLENGES IF YOU CAN MAKE IS WASH AWAY. NO GIFT IS GREATER THEN THE ONE WHO RESCUED YOU. BECAUSE THAT WAS AN ANGELIC SPIRIT THAT WORK THROUGH WALLS BUT HES STILL A MAN. SENSE OF HUMOR- RULE OF THUMB- GOD STILL HELP THOSE WHO HELP THEM SELF, SO CONTINUE TO BE ALERT. AND ALWAYS GO TO SLEEP WITH SOME SOFT cE cE WINANS MUSIC PLAYING. LOVE, DEDE-VIETNAMSE” GET AWAY”

  10. tom byarski says:

    God Bless to Ron Springs and Everson Walls, lets keep Ron in our prayers and thank Everson for donating a kidney 🙂 I remember as a child watching these two guys playing football, they played for the love and passion of the game and not the money, again God Bless

  11. Michelle White says:

    My best wishes go out to Ron and his family. We were college friends at OSU. He always knew he would play on the Cowboys and loved the game of football. My heart goes out to Shawn, your life is a dedication to your father. Be strong and forge forward for all he stood for.

  12. Jaime says:

    Did you really type the number two t-o? Did you never had to take an English class?

  13. Jaime says:

    I’m one to talk …

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