Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo greets a hospitalized kid during a December 16, 2013 visit to Children's Medical Center in Dallas.
Dozens of hospitalized children at Children's Medical Center were visited by Dallas Cowboys players and cheerleaders today.
While Tony Romo isn't exactly Santa Claus, he and his fellow Cowboys are close enough for these kids.
Ignoring, for the moment, their wins and losses --- specifically last night's heartbreaker --- players like Romo were there to put a smile on the faces on brave children. Or, according to one bright young patient, maybe it's the other way around.
"I feel so excited because it's my first time meeting them, and I know they're sad about losing the game from yesterday. But I make them feel happy, from my beautiful smile," said Antonio Henderson.
The Cowboys players got plenty of hugs and smiles and even some opinions on football. For the players and the kids, they're interactions that go beyond the gridiron.
"You're not thinking about that football game, you're thinking about these lives, and these kids. So there's no question it does help," said Jason Witten.