A Gift for Ron: Friendship and Sacrifice On and Off the Gridiron

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After fourteen seasons as an NFL star, Everson Walls retired to his hometown of Dallas, Texas. He and former Cowboys teammate Ron Springs worked together on Charities, and their families became close. But, as time passed, Ron could no longer conceal the ravaging effects of his diabetes. Before Walls knew it, his friend's life was on the line. In A Gift for Ron, Walls tells the moving story of how he witnessed the suffering of his former mentor and his family and, on hearing that a potential kidney donor had ...

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Overview

After fourteen seasons as an NFL star, Everson Walls retired to his hometown of Dallas, Texas. He and former Cowboys teammate Ron Springs worked together on Charities, and their families became close. But, as time passed, Ron could no longer conceal the ravaging effects of his diabetes. Before Walls knew it, his friend's life was on the line. In A Gift for Ron, Walls tells the moving story of how he witnessed the suffering of his former mentor and his family and, on hearing that a potential kidney donor had fallen through, learned that he and Ron shared something truly precious: a blood type. Walls knew his only option-to donate a kidney to save his friend's life.

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"Teammates for four years, friends for life. The story of Everson Walls’ gift of life to a former teammate is an inspiration for all of us."

—Boomer Esiason, analyst for CBS Sports and WFAN, and former NFL quarterback and NFL Most Valuable Player

“How often do we hear about one person who is not related to another in any profession doing what Everson did? . . . [He] is the only person I’ve ever known who did what he did.”
—Frank Deford, author, sportswriter, and commentator (from the Foreword)

 “Everson Walls and Kevin Blackistone have not only written a good football book. They have also given us an important life book. By sharing such a personal and compelling story about organ donation and transplantation, they will inspire and impact for years to come.”

—Jeffrey Marx, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the New York Times bestseller Season of Life

“Everson Walls’ display of unselfishness was the ultimate example of teamwork. A life lesson for us all.”

—James Brown, CBS Sports/Showtime

“Everson Walls is a true American hero on and off the field. His moving story of courage, sacrifice, and offering the ultimate gift to save a friend’s life is truly inspiring. This story will motivate millions to sign up to become organ and tissue donors.”

—Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay, legislative sponsor of the Everson Walls and Ron Springs Gift for Life Act of 2009

“It’s good to know Everson as a person, but it’s greater to have him as a friend!”

Doug Williams, Super Bowl XXII MVP

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762763757
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Everson Walls is a four-time Pro Bowl NFL cornerback who played thirteen seasons and recorded fifty-seven interceptions, the tenth most in NFL history. He played his first nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys before joining the New York Giants in 1990 and starring on its Super Bowl–winning team. He retired in 1993 with the Cleveland Browns and returned to his hometown. Walls is the cofounder of the Ron Springs and Everson Walls Gift for Life Foundation (www.GiftforLifeFoundation.org), which educates the public on the dangers of kidney disease and the need for organ donation.
 
Kevin B. Blackistone is a national columnist for AOL Sports’ FanHouse (www.FanHouse.com), a regular panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn, and the Shirley Povich Chair in Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland. A former award-winning sports columnist for the Dallas Morning News, he has covered sports across the United States and around the world.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Frank Deford vi

1 How Lucky We Are 1

2 Family First 16

3 Friendships 30

4 Coach Rob's Team 45

5 You Can Make It 60

6 Lesson from Landry 75

7 Shreill and Adriane 90

8 Erasing Defeat 96

9 The Doctor's Plan 112

10 Walking the Line 129

11 Ron at the Reins 144

12 My Father's Hand 161

13 God's Body 169

14 Somebody's Got to Do It 175

15 It's about the Others 193

16 Ron Lives 206

Index 219

About the Foundation 231

About the Authors 232

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After 14 seasons as an NFL star, most of it with the Dallas Cowboys, though he won a Super Bowl with the NY Giants, Everson Walls retired into a productive and happy life in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. He and close friend, former Cowboys teammate, Ron Springs worked together on a variety of charities and their families became close. But as time wore on Walls began to notice alarming symptoms in his close friend. Springs could no longer conceal the ravaging effects diabetes was having on him and before Walls knew it simple procedures became amputations and thereafter weekly visits to dialysis. This strong man had withered down to someone whose life was on the line. Walls witnessed the suffering his former mentor’s family went through and one day – after hearing that a potential kidney donor and fallen through – demanded to know Ron’s blood type. It was the same as Everson’s and without thinking he knew his only option was to donate a kidney to save his friend’s life
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