Funeral held for Ron Springs

Updated: May 20, 2011, 9:20 AM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

CARROLLTON, Texas -- Former Dallas Cowboys running back Ron Springs was remembered during Thursday's funeral service as a fun-loving guy.

Springs, who was in a coma for four years before dying a week ago because of a heart attack, was 54.

Numerous ex-teammates attended the funeral service at Covenant Church.

"He had a great sense of humor," said quarterback Roger Staubach, who spoke at the service. "A lot of fun."

Everson Walls, who donated a kidney to Springs in 2007, also talked about his fondness for his best friend.

"You can't talk about Ron without talking about what type a clown he was," Walls said.

Ron Springs' son, Shawn Springs, who played for the Washington Redskins, New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, told stories about how his father would hang up the phone on him joking about how he played.

Springs thanked Walls for donating a kidney to his father, and his former teammates for supporting his family.

"You really don't have any choice but being a friend with my dad," Springs said. "He would talk to everybody."

Among the former Cowboys who attended the funeral service were: Too Tall Jones, Preston Pearson, Doug Cosbie, Tony Hill, Billy Joe Dupree, Dennis Thurman, Hollywood Henderson and Robert Newhouse.

Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.

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