Sports heroes take a stand against domestic violence

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by CARLA WADE

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Posted on June 15, 2013 at 11:11 PM

DALLAS — Earlier this year, a woman's murder was captured in a chilling 911 call.

The death of Deanna Cook and others at the hands of lovers spawned a city-wide movement to end domestic violence in Dallas.

On Saturday, Mayor Mike Rawlings teamed up with sports heroes at a charity softball make sure that message isn't soon forgotten.

Cowboys quarterback legend Roger Staubach said he hadn't picked up a ball or bat in years.

"I can still throw... not like I used to, of course, but I did play baseball through college," he said. "I do have a motion that looks reasonable for a baseball player."

Staubach and other well-known sports figures stepped up to the plate at Reverchon Park to encourage other men to step up their game in the fight against domestic violence.

"It's huge, especially to see young athletic tough men that say, 'We're not going to do this to women.' I think it's a great day for Dallas," Mayor Rawlings said.

Dallas Cowboys star Brandon Carr organized the game along with Rawlings. It's just the latest event aiming to shine light on the issue since thousands of men rallied at the mayor's request in March.

Staubach was recruited by the mayor. And while the game was about having fun, he relished the opportunity to take a public stand against domestic abuse.

"We just gotta make people aware of how evil it is, and how wrong it is, and how cowardly it is for a man to have any physical violence towards a female," Staubach said.

WFAA's Joe Trahan was a part of the cause and on the field, along with Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, who expressed confidence in his softball skills.

"I think I'm an all-around athlete, but you know, we're really just having fun... having a good time," Bryant  said.

"For me, it's ridiculous, because I haven't played softball in 25 years," Mayor Rawlings said. "I used to be decent and able to hit the ball pretty good, but now I'm an old man."

All the money raised from the game will go to Brandon Carr's Carr Cares Foundation,

E-mail cwade@wfaa.com

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