NFL: Cowboys Legends Bowl for Walls, Springs; Steelers Begin Charity Hoops Season

Two of the most-storied NFL franchises are in the news this week. The start goes to the Dallas Cowboys, as retired greats came together to benefit teammates Ron Springs’ and Everson Walls’ charity. Then after the jump there’s a piece about the Pittsburgh Steelers’ annual charity hoops season. We finish with a blurb on Chad Pennington.

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Dallas Cowboys’s Terry Bingham reported from a bowling benefit for The Ron Springs and Everson Walls Gift for Life Foundation, and the event “drew some of the biggest names in Cowboys’ history,” including Nate Newton, Tony Dorsett, Ed “Too Tall” Jones and Drew Pearson.

Pearson: “Anything we can do to make life a little better for anyone who has to go through a transplant, we want to do our part. Today, the economy is so tough, and people are holding onto every dollar. It’s tough to get that charitable dollar, but people have to understand these problems are ongoing; they don’t stop. So, hopefully, people can dig a little deeper, maybe not as much, but hopefully something.”

The mission of the foundation is to promote awareness and prevention of kidney disease, diabetes and other illnesses, and to provide access to donor-oriented services and education in underserved communities across the United States (Terry Bingham,, 3/13).

Pittsburgh Steelers: In PA, Mike Bires noted that many Pittsburgh Steelers players “do so in a series of fund-raising games each winter and spring held throughout western Pennsylvania.”

This year’s 66-game slate started earlier this month, and Bires added that “providing the opposition for them are pick-up teams of comprised of faculty, coaches, athletes, employees or celebrities chosen by the school or charity staging the event.” Also, “there’s a gentleman’s agreement among players that as many as seven to 10 Steelers must show up for each game” (Mike Bires, Beaver County Times, 3/5).

Chad Pennington: Miami Dolphins QB Chad Pennington, a product of Marshall University, “recently donated his time to benefit the Empty Bowls charity event in Huntington.” The event “helps raise awareness of the hunger problem in the local area” (Huntington Herald Dispatch, 3/13).