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May 22, 2013

Murray, Bailey taking pledges in phone drive for tornado relief today; Casillas, Woodson, Haley, DC Cheerleaders also participating

Running back DeMarco Murray and kicker Dan Bailey will be answering phones in a fund drive Wednesday for Oklahoma tornado victims.

The Cowboys players, who both played college football in Oklahoma -– Murray at OU, and Bailey at Oklahoma State -– will be taking pledges from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Channel 11 studio in Fort Worth. The number to call is 877-TEXAS-11.

Retired Cowboys players Tony Casillas, Darren Woodson and Charles Haley will also be taking calls, along with Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. Casillas played at OU. Woodson and Haley are participating through their connection with the Salvation Army, which is coordinating the relief effort along with the Cowboys and Albertsons.

“Donations will help The Salvation Army provide meals, hydration, spiritual and emotional care and more for both survivors and first responders in Oklahoma,” the Cowboys said in a statement.

Bailey, whose hometown of Mustang, Okla., is near Moore, Okla., understood well the effect of Monday’s disaster.

“I know everybody’s attitude there is they’re going to get through it, and it’s going to be tough, but they’ve been through it before,” he said. “They’re going to do the best they can and I’m going to see what I can do to help them out.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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