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May 16, 2011

Staubach to speak at Springs' funeral

It was a given that Everson Walls, who gave a kidney to prolong Ron Springs' life, would speak at Springs' funeral. But Roger Staubach said he also will speak Thursday.

"I had the '79 season with Ron," Staubach said Monday. "He had some great games. He was a heck of an athlete, a really good player. He played behind Tony [Dorsett], and Tony got hurt at the end of the year, and we beat the Redskins [35-34 after being down 34-14], and he and Preston Pearson had great games. On that last touchdown, I remember jumping into his arms. Everybody was amazed. I never did that before.

"He's really a fine human being. God rest his soul right now. His wife asked me to say a few words, and I was the old guy when he was a rookie. He and I had a good relationship."

Springs died Thursday after almost four years in a coma. He was 54.

He had received a kidney from Walls in March 2007.

Springs played for the Cowboys from 1979-84. His last two years in the league were spent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He rushed for 2,519 yards, had 2,259 receiving yards and scored 28 touchdowns in his career.

A wake for Springs is set for Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at Sparkman-Hillcrest Funeral Home in Dallas. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Covenant Church in Carrollton.

-- Charean Williams 

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