The softball season is starting up and it's strange not to be out there with my old teammates this year (Good luck Ramblers!). When I begin to think of how much I miss playing, I turn my focus to how fortunate I've been to have had the opportunity to play with amazing teammates over the years.
One of my favorite quotes is by Jesse Owens, "Friendships are born on the field of athletic strife and the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust."
Ron Springs and Everson Walls are such a great example of that sentiment. They share a special bond forged over their years as teammates on the Dallas Cowboys. That���s nothing compared to their newest bond ��� the kidney Walls donated to Springs in perhaps the ultimate teammate gesture.
Springs and Walls, 47, recovered at Medical City Hospital on Thursday, a day after the transplant operation ��� the first between two former American professional athletes. The 50-year-old Springs has had diabetes for 16 years and has been on the national transplant waiting list since 2004. Providing his body accepts Walls���s kidney, Springs will no longer need dialysis. He also should again be able to walk on his own.
"That's brotherly love," Springs told The Associated Press. "It's something you can't explain, but something that I will always think about every day for the rest of my life."
Do you have any inspirational teammate stories to share?