Dallas Cowboys players, cheerleaders visit children in North Texas hospitals

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Dallas Cowboys players and cheerleaders helped spread holiday cheer at children’s hospitals across North Texas on Monday.

The team divided into four groups to visit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Children's Medical Center Dallas and Medical City Children's Hospital.

The players and cheerleaders signed autographs, talked with children and their families and gave out a lot of Cowboys-themed presents. The players said making the visits is much bigger than wins or losses on the football field and it keeps them grounded.

“It's just fun every year to come in here and put a smile on these kids’ faces,” said Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford. “To be able to go room to room and just talk to them and give them the little gifts that we have, which is probably not enough, but we give them some Cowboys stuff and they love that and it’s good to see.”

This is the thirtieth year the Cowboys have helped brighten the day of patients in North Texas.