DALLAS, Texas -- Before they get into their game planning for Los Angeles, the Cowboys gave back.
Early Monday morning, the Cowboys fanned out all over the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to make their annual visits to local children's hospitals. This is an annual tradition, as team members spend time with patients who are seeking treatment during the holiday season.
"Really it's just all about giving back and paying it forward," linebacker Jaylon Smith said. "Each year we get an opportunity to really get out in the community and hospitals and care centers and just to be able to spread the holiday cheer."
Views of the Dallas Cowboys Annual Children's Hospital Visits.
The Cowboys' roster split up into four groups, as players and cheerleaders visited Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Cook Children's Medical Center in Forth Worth, Children's Medical Center and Medical City Children's Hospital, both in Dallas.
Even if it was for just a few moments, Cowboys players made patients' faces light up throughout the morning, as they visited with families, played video games and took photos. As always, it provided a sobering change in perspective.
"It's truly amazing being able to see the glow in the kids' eyes when they see us," defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence said. "I have kids, and the opportunity to give back to these young kids, it's such a truly blessing."