The 11 youth members honored by The Salvation Army and the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday were more excited when they received their Xbox 360 consoles with Kinect than they were to meet linebacker DeMarcus Ware. While some of the kids greeted Ware with a smile and a handshake, all 11 squealed with delight when Ware rolled out their early Christmas gifts.
"They were like, 'Ah, that’s DeMarcus. I think we’re going to see him in the game tomorrow,'" Ware said. "But when they brought the game consoles out, it was big smiles, really big smiles."
The kids were selected by The Salvation Army for the fifth annual Dallas Cowboys Play 60 youth team. They received jerseys they will wear on the field pregame for Thursday's game at Cowboys Stadium.
"It's just an opportunity for them to be happy, [for us to] spread the blessings on Thanksgiving," Ware said. "It’s just great to be a role model for the kids who are doing the right things in the community. I was Santa today. I gave away some Xboxes with some games. You never know what type of gifts those kids will get on Christmas, but that was a big one today."
-- Charean Williams