Local legend, author (“A Gift for Ron” detailing his experiences on and off the field including the decision to make the kidney donation to Ron Springs) speaker, broadcaster, community volunteer, and Dallas Cowboy great will be making a guest appearance at Dodge City of McKinney during the taping of “The Drew Pearson Show” January 2nd helping celebrate the dealership granting the first wish of 2013 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.
Everson Walls is a former American football cornerback in the NFL, having played for the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants, and the Cleveland Browns. During his 14 seasons, he was a four-time Pro Bowl selection. He was also a 3-time All-Pro selection. Walls won a Super Bowl with the Giants after the 1990 season.
Walls was born and raised in Richardson, TX He was nicknamed “Cubby” and he was raised by his mother two miles from the Dallas Cowboys practice facility. He played football at Lloyd V. Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas, where he only played one year of football (senior year) and led the district in interceptions.
Walls was determined to play college football, and after high school, he enrolled at Grambling State University. At the time, his girlfriend was related to an assistant coach, whom Walls called regarding a walk-on spot. Walls was eventually invited to training camp and impressed legendary coach Eddie Robinson, who arranged to meet with Walls’ mother about granting Walls a scholarship. Walls received a full ride and did not disappoint, earning Division I-AA All-America honors while leading the nation with 11 interceptions his senior year.
Pro scouts thought he was too slow for the NFL after he ran the 40-yard dash in a disappointing 4.72 seconds during workouts. Eventually, however, his hometown Cowboys signed him as an undrafted free agent, and he made an immediate impact, leading the league in interceptions with 11 during his rookie season. Coached by the legendary Tom Landry, Walls received a Pro Bowl invitation for his contributions.
Surrounded by an already star-studded defensive unit, which included Randy White, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Harvey Martin, and Charlie Waters, Walls continued his outstanding play by leading the league in interceptions in two more seasons, in 1982 and 1985. In the history of the NFL, only he and Ed Reed have led the league in interceptions three times.
Walls received Pro Bowl honors four times (1981, 1982, 1983 and 1985). During this period of time however, the Cowboys were unable to win a Super Bowl, as they lost the NFC title game in 1982 and fell short again in 1983 and 1985. Despite this, Walls remained one of the most feared cover cornerbacks in the league; eventually, quarterbacks were forced to stop throwing the ball to his side. He led the Cowboys in interceptions five seasons, tied with Terrence Newman for the most in franchise history.
His 44 interceptions rank him second on the Cowboys career list.
Walls will be at Dodge City of McKinney at 3:30 PM on January 2nd, 2013 joining other celebrities such as Drew Pearson, Randy White, Bill Bates, Tim Brown, Mike Jeffcoat, Mayra Leal, John Jay Saldi, Mandy Williams, Kevin Brooks, and Rock-n-Roll Band Midnight Empire.
Known for the Lifetime Powertrain Warranty, and recently awarded by the Chrysler Corporation as the top North Texas Dealership in sales and customer service, Dodge City of McKinney is foregoing the biggest day of the year for automotive dealerships which is “Year End Close Out” and helping grant a special wish for a very special child January 2nd, 2013.
Dodge City of McKinney has joined forces with Make-A-Wish Foundation®, “The Drew Pearson Show”, and “1310 The Ticket”. The whole day will have a star-studded group of celebrities making special appearances, bands, classic cars, Video Game Theater, and great food.
The day will begin with The Ticket Live Call in Show from Dodge City of McKinney with several pieces of sports memorabilia provided for the silent auction, game tickets and other give-a-ways. This will be one of the biggest events in all of Dallas/Ft. Worth, and will provide a great time for everyone.
In addition, “The Drew Pearson Show” will have a live taping for Fox Sports Southwest, and be broadcast live on YouTube. “The Drew Pearson Show”, More Than Just Sports, is the Pre and Postgame show for the 2012 Dallas Cowboys Season. Starring the Legendary Dallas Cowboy, Drew Pearson “The Original 88” he shares real life stories of his own personal experience with the Cowboys coupled with engaging guests and informative interviews. This will be a must watch show and everyone is invited to see the show live.
The sole purpose of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of North Texas is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, in order to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The foundation wants to provide children with the hope for better times, the strength for the tough times and the joy to experience the present. If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation for this great cause visit http://friends.wish.org/006-000/page/Jeff-Thompson/Let’s-Make-A-Wish-Come-True.htm or call Dodge City of McKinney at 972.569.9650.
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“Providing the first wish of 2013 for the local Make-A-Wish Foundation is something we take very seriously. We are honored to be in a position to provide this wish for someone in need of hope, and can’t wait to hold a celebration in their honor” states Jim Proctor, General Manager of Dodge City of McKinney.
Dodge City of McKinney is located at 700 South Central Expressway in McKinney and has a wide variety of outstanding vehicles as well as a state-of-the-art auto repair center. They truly care about their customers, and strive to deliver the best customer service in the industry. “At Chrysler Jeep Ram Dodge City of McKinney, we understand that there are thousands of other dealers just a click away. That’s why we will do what it takes to earn your business” states Internet Director, Jeff “Bubba” Thompson.