Ron Springs, who played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1979 - 1984, has died. Springs had been in a coma since October of 2007 when surgery to remove a cyst went tragically wrong. Springs had medical problems for much of the later part of his life, including diabetes and a kidney transplant six months before the surgery for the cyst. During that surgery he suffered a heart attack that left him in a coma.
Back in 2006, Springs needed a kidney-transplant, and another former Cowboys player stepped up to the plate. Everson Walls donated a kidney and the two went on to spread awareness about organ donation.
Springs acted as the transition fullback for the Cowboys from Robert Newhouse. Newhouse was starting the downside of his career after serving the organization as the lead blocker during the 70s heyday. By the early 80s, Springs had become the main guy at the position. In 1981, Springs ran for a career-high 625 yards and 10 touchdowns. In 1983, he ran for 541 yards and 7 touchdowns. He was also a very competent receiver out of the backfield, putting up quality stats throughout his career as a receiver from the fullback position. Springs finished his career by playing for two years in Tampa Bay. He retired after the 1986 season.
Springs is survived by his wife and children, including NFL cornerback Shawn Springs.
Jerry Jones had this comment:
"Ron's life will always be remembered by the joy and laughter that he brought to others and the courage and toughness he displayed until the end," Jones said in a statement. "Regardless of the circumstances, he always had a smile for everyone. The Dallas Cowboys have lost a wonderful member of our family, and we share our thoughts and prayers with his family."
RIP, Ron Springs.