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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019 10:00 am

More than 80 people including staff, community members and patients greeted former Dallas Cowboys players Tony Hill, Everson Walls, Larry Brown and Billy Joe DuPree at Valley Regional Medical Center on Friday.

The former players, who visited patients at their rooms, were received by blue and silver balloons and a cheering crowd.

“This is our chance to give back to the community,” Hill said to the audience. “We become humble and we grow by hearing from you, guys. Thank you for letting us be here.”

Noble Charities Foundation had the idea of bringing the players to The Rio Grande Valley as a way to give back to the community and also to encourage kids to stay in school.

“The players get an opportunity to talk to the kids and tell them that education is important,” Rene Capistran president and CEO of Noble Charities Foundation said. “Education got them into college and education got them into the NFL.”

Art Garza, hospital CEO, said having the former Dallas Cowboys players has therapeutic value for the patients who, just like him, grew up by watching the Dallas Cowboys on TV.

“Many of our patients, just like me, grew up seeing these folks, and so, there is some therapeutic value to this.” Garza said. “It breaks the monotony of every day if you’re a patient who has been here for days. What a great surprise to have them here.”

Patient Daniel Guerra, who just received a teddy bear with the Cowboys t-shirt the morning of the visit, was happy with the surprise.

“It has always been a dream of mine to meet the Dallas Cowboys or go to a game, but now they came to me,” Guerra said.

Patients were not informed the Dallas Cowboys legends would be visiting them.

“When I saw the teddy bear his son brought him in the morning, I knew it was meant to happen,” Mariana Whitley Tumlinson director of Community and Public Relations at the hospital said. “It was a surprise.”

Staff and community members got autographs, photos and even hugs from the former players at the hospital’s cafeteria.

“Thank you for having us. Not us being here for you, but you being here for us,” Hill said to the audience.

nreyna@brownsvilleherald.com

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