Cowboys help serve early Thanksgiving meal

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on November 13, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 6:26 PM

DALLAS — For the last decade, the Cowboys have used their last day off before Thanksgiving Day to serve meals to several hundred men, women and children who are being assisted by the Salvation Army.

"Each and every year, it gets better and more rewarding," said Gene Jones, president of the Gene and Jerry Jones family charities.

"We truly have a lot to be thankful for and we are thrilled to be able to be here today," says Charlotte Jones Anderson, Executive VP of the Dallas Cowboys.

The trip has become an annual tradition.

"You stopped cheering for those Redskins," Cowboys tight end Jason Witten asked one man as he delivered a hot plate filled with turkey and all the trimmings.

"I've done it 10 years straight,” Witten said. “It's always special to be here."

While linebacker DeMarcus Ware helped deliver meals, wide receiver Miles Austin was at the front of the serving line with quarterback Tony Romo. "You know that's because I’m the quickest and I can handle the responsibility right here. Romo's got rolls over there," Austin said.

Asked if he had been on the serving line before, Romo said, "Yeah, it’s become second nature. My wife makes me do it all the time."

"I'm back in the kitchen," Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr said. "I haven't been in the kitchen in a long time. It feels good to be back in the kitchen just to help others."

"I look forward to it every year," says Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware. "It’s always nice to see new faces and new people to speak blessings to and see them smile, that's what it’s about."

"Yeah, I can do this all day," says Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray. "Watching film day in and day out gets a little old but whenever you're helping someone, just having fun and talking about life is always good."

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten brought his son Cooper along to help as well. "Oh yeah, my man Cooper helped handing out the pie. It’s good to provide a little perspective for him and glad he was able to be a part of it."

Dallas will host Cleveland at Cowboys stadium on Sunday.

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