DALLAS - Fifteen hours after their overtime loss to the Cardinals, the Cowboys were busy spreading holiday cheer.
"It's going to be all right, right?" Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware told a youngster in Fort Worth.
It's a tradition that began 20 years ago, as the Cowboys take a morning out of their schedule to visit kids at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and Children's Medical Center in Dallas.
"They’re an inspiration to all of us, obviously, with what they're dealing with, what they've been dealt," said Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking. "It's really tough. More than anything they inspire me."
"We love football, but I mean, these kids are definitely a blessing for us," said Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray.
"I don't know about us giving them a message, they give us a message," said Cowboys linebacker Bradie James. "Just seeing them smile helps us out and up lifts us."
Which is exactly what the Cowboys needed after their four-game winning streak came to an end in a 19-13 loss to Arizona.
"When I was growing up, we had a Shriners game where the motto was, 'Strong legs run, so that weak legs may walk,'" said Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman. "Being here, it's very evident that we're in a position where we can help out kids and try to help make their life better."
On this day, the Cowboys left lots of gifts and left with a promise of better days ahead.
"We need to run the ball better, we need to pass and protect [quarterback Tony] Romo better," said Murray, as a youngster listened closely. "Hopefully we’ll bounce back against the Giants. It'll be a good game."
On Sunday, the kids will be watching.