Wade Phillips keeps Monday night appointment

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

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Posted on November 8, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 9 at 6:45 PM

ARLINGTON — Despite getting fired on Monday afternoon, former Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips kept his promise to attend a charity event Monday evening.

He didn't say much, but he didn't have to; just attending the One Heart Project kickoff event at Cowboys Stadium said something.

Phillips received a warm round of applause as he was announced at the fund-raiser that aims to give a second chance to at-risk and incarcerated youth.

Attendees said it took a lot of character for the former coach to show up at a public event on the same day he lost his Cowboys job.

Injured quarterback Tony Romo and tight end Jason Witten were also on hand, but they weren't talking to the news media.

Organizers of the event permitted picture-taking, but no on-camera interviews with Phillips. News 8 asked the former coach why he decided to attend the charity event. "It's not about me, it's about One Heart," he said. "I believe in this project."

Phillips declined to discuss his dismissal from the Cowboys.

In a written statement issued earlier Monday, Phillips expressed his appreciation to Jerry Jones, his family, and Cowboys fans.

"I told the team today that I have been proud to be a part of their family, and that will never change. I have enjoyed the privilege and responsibility of representing this franchise as its head coach," he said.

E-mail rlopez@wfaa.com

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