Last month Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo talked about being "in a dark place" because of an injury that robbed of him of the majority of the season and his starting job to rookie sensation Dak Prescott.
On Monday, Romo was all smiles as he visited Children's Medical Center of Dallas along with several of his teammates.
The Cowboys conduct the annual visits in hopes of bringing joy to the sick kids during the holiday season. The players often get much more back in return in terms of perspective and appreciation of how lucky they are.
"There is no question they do a lot for us," Romo said. "Just the joy on their face. That pure joy. I think we are pretty luck to be in a situation we can come and make some kids smile. I have a couple of young boys and so when you see the kids here at the hospital it touches your heart. It puts everything in perspective about where we are in life and how lucky we are."
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The event, presented by UnitedHealthcare, had the Dallas Cowboys players and cheerleaders simultaneously visiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Children’s Health Children’s Medical Center Dallas and Medical City Children’s Hospital.
Each child receives a “game sock” loaded with goodies from the Dallas Cowboys and a special toy provided by the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation.
The highlight of the visit at Children's Medical Center of Dallas was tight end Jason Witten, guard Zack Martin and center Travis Frederick doing a dance off with several kids.
The Cowboys lost with glee.
"Yeah, they can dance. Not so much the Cowboys. But they can dance," Romo deadpanned. "They were killing us. They got the best of us."
Said a smiling Witten: "I don't think I represented myself too well."
Again, the Cowboys went there to provide comfort and smiles to the kids, but got so much more in return.
"That's the purpose. Having perspective and understanding the platform we have as athletes and to be in challenging situations you can't even imagine," Witten said. "I'm a father myself. The courage the parents show and the resiliency of those young kids in midst of these challenging times. It's a great opportunity for us to put a smile on their face."