A group of Dallas Cowboys are getting out in the community to raise awareness for social justice.
Defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford and cornerback Byron Jones participated in a ride-along with Grand Prairie police Tuesday.
The players met with kids at a park, witnessed a traffic stop and chatted with officers about the issues they deal with on a daily basis.
“A lot of the people we pulled up on in the different neighborhoods knew the officers and knew about them and knew what they were doing and seeing what they were doing on the weekend,” said Crawford.
“Those guys are definitely involved in the community. I can speak for Grand Prairie, because that’s who we were with. But they definitely were involved in their community. A lot of them know each other and it was cool to see that. I didn’t know that was going on. That was awesome to see.”
Crawford and Jones wanted to keep Tuesday’s police ride-along low-key. They said it is part of a bigger program Cowboys players are developing with team Vice President Charlotte Jones Anderson.
“We were very fortunate to have members of the Dallas Cowboys organization visit our city (Tuesday) to learn more about our Community Policing initiatives, particularly involving our youth,” said Grand Prairie Police Chief Steve Dye in a statement.
Quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott, linebacker Sean Lee and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence are also involved in the community outreach effort. Crawford said there are other community outreach plans in the works but he wasn’t ready to announce them just yet.