SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas (KETK) – Everson Walls and Ron Springs may have played on opposite sides of the football field, but as teammates a bond would grow that is definitely one for the books.
For football players there’s always a rookie, and fortunately for Everson Walls when he was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys in the year 1980, he had a veteran in Springs to be his sidekick.
“He was a big influence on my life and if he was alive today he would reluctantly say that I was a big influence on him,” said Walls.
Together the teammates were one. On and off the field.
“As much as he would like to say he was the boss of the relationship, I always told him it was my insight that made us good partners. We were always going back and fourth about who meant more to each other,” said Walls.
So in 2004 when Springs had fallen ill to diabetes, he was in severe need of a new kidney.
He was put on a National donor recipient list and after denying his son’s wishes to quit on his NFL pro career to help his pops, it was 3 years later when Springs was given a new hope.
“When I told him (Springs) that I was going to do it, he was rushing me and I told him Ron, I gotta do it on my own time. There’s a lot I have to prepare for,” said Walls.
In 2007, the surgery was a successful one. Marking the first pro athletic duo to undergo a donar transplant procedure.
After the procedure was complete, Springs spoke with Medical City Hospital saying, “This is something I’ve been waiting on for three years. It’s a new lease on life and I’m getting it from a dear friend. I’m glad he was born. He’s amazing,” said Springs.
It was May 12, 2011 when Springs took his last breath, but before he would part from this Earth a moment to take the field one last time with his best friend.
Walls and Springs were both honorary captains this time 11 years ago on a night very similar as the Cowboys were taking on the New York Giants.
“I often wonder if they remember who I am, those new players. That’s okay though because I didn’t do this to be a hero. I did this selfishly because I wanted to save my best friend,” said Walls.
Walls was honored at Sulphur Springs High School Saturday as a guest speaker for the 3rd Annual Fruit of Spirits awards banquet.
“It could have been anyone, but there’s a legend in the Dallas Cowboy realm, a legend who loved his teammate so much that he said, I’ll give you part of my life. I’ll lay my life down for you,” said event organizer and pastor C.J. Duffey.