Ron Springs Gift for Life Foundation

Ron Springs


As a professional Springs was a drafted by The Dallas Cowboys in 1979. Springs played for the Cowboys as a fullback from 1979 through 1985. In 1979, Springs was the first rookie to ever start for Coach Tom Landry in the team's 25 year history. In 1983, Springs was selected to the All- Pro Team as he was the leading receiver in the NFC. While playing for the Dallas Cowboys, Springs completed 4,500 yards of total offense and tallier 46 touchdowns. Springs' last two seasons in the NFL were with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

During his college years, Springs attended Coffeyville Junior college in 1975. During that same year, Springs was First Team All-American. Springs probably had more impact on the Coffeyville College football team than any single player. He led the nation in rushing with 2, 048 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 168 points. Springs continues to hold many of Coffeyville's individual records, as well as leading his team to the National Junior College Championship. In 1991, Coffeyville retired his jersey and in 1998 he was inducted into Coffeyville Junior College's Hall of Fame.

Springs finished his last three years (1976-1979) of college at The Ohio State University, where he was personally recruited by Woody Hayes. While being listed on the Dean's List for academic achievement, Springs was All-Big Ten two years in a row. During his junior year, he rushed for 1,266 yards in the Big Ten Conference in addition to winning the Big Ten rushing title. Springs was a candidate for the Heisman Trophy his senior year and selected co-captain of the team by Coach Woody Hayes. 

Years after retiring from the NFL Ron was diagnosed with diabetes. Due to complications from diabetes, Ron developed kidney disease. In need of a kidney transplant, his former teammate and friend, Everson Walls, offered to donate his kidney. In 2007, the two former Dallas Cowboys made history when Walls' kidney was successfully transplanted.

Ron was a loving husband and father who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. Ron's son, Shawn Springs, spent 13 years in the NFL. Ron attended many games traveling all over the nation to catch Shawn living his dream. Ron passed away in May 2011 due to complications from a minor surgical procedure. His immediate family still resides in Dallas. The Gift for Life Foundation honors Ron by sharing his legacy of giving to help others live a better life.