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Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant warms up in socks, gives shoes away for Make-A-Wish

By Alex Butler

Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Dez Bryant made the play of the game Thursday before the opening kickoff when he made a Make-A-Wish kid's day.

The Dallas Cowboys star was warming up on the field at AT&T Stadium before he walked over and took off his shoes. He handed them to Darren, a boy from the Make-A-Wish foundation.

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"Dez literally took the shoes off his feet and gave them to our @MakeAWish kid, Darren," the Cowboys tweeted. "He's now running routes in socks. #WASvsDAL."

But the pregame act wasn't the only noble thing Bryant did Thursday. After the game, Bryant repeatedly poked his head out from the locker room to look for Brock Gumm, according to the Dallas Morning News. The young boy is battling bone cancer. Bryant wanted to give him the game ball.

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Bryant played very well in the Cowboys' 38-14 victory. He pulled in five catches for 61 yards and had a spectacular 13-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.

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The touchdown was Bryant's 72nd receiving score. That broke Bob Hayes' old record of 71 for most in franchise history.

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"Dez was outstanding," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after the game, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "When he fell to us, we certainly thought it was an opportunity for us in the draft.

"He really was a young soul when he came out of college. Now he's an older soul in a young man's body. He does some really charitable things with his heart. He's just always looking out for the other guy. With what we're trying to do now with our offense, he'll get better because he's putting the work in."

Bryant, 29, has 639 yards and five scores on 58 catches this season for the Cowboys.

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