A dozen Dallas Cowboys were at the Salvation Army’s Carr P. Collins Social Services Center in Dallas on Tuesday night to hand out early Thanksgiving Day meals, as part of an annual tradition for the team.
The group present pretty much ran the gamut of fame, and included DeMarco Murray, Felix Jones, Mat McBriar, DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten, Jesse Holley, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Robert Calloway, Orlando Scandrick, Derrick Dockery, Phillip Tanner and Jason Hatcher.
A number of players’ and coaches’ wives and girlfriends were there as well.
“This is a special thing to come out to, putting smiles on these peoples’ faces,” Hatcher said. “I’m just a small fish in a big pond when it comes to DeMarcus Ware and Jason Witten but the effect I have on these lives puts joy in my heart. I’m glad I’m out here. I should’ve been doing it five years ago … I won’t miss another year. As long as I’m part of the Cowboys I will be here. This is a special day.”
According to the account today on ESPNDallas.com, the largest round of applause of the night went not to perennial Pro Bowlers Ware or Witten, but rookie running back DeMarco Murray, who has burst onto the scene with 601 yards rushing in the last four games.
“I’m just happy to be here and see all the people our happy,” Murray said. “There’s nothing like giving back.”
The Cowboys will play the Miami Dolphins at 3:15 p.m. at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on Thanksgiving Day.
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