a micro-burst, which is basically an upside down tornado, struck the
Cowboys practice facility. The practice facility was built in 2004 and
is basically a metal structure covered by fabric and is supported by
air. Many of the NFL teams have facilities such as these to practice
in when it's cold or bad weather. Coaches, players, and media were in
the bubble when the storm hit. There are videos on YouTube, and news
websites if you haven't seen it. It's pretty amazing. They say it
happened in about 3 minutes. The lights began shaking, walls
trembling, then down it came. The structure trapped many people, they
had to be cut out if the wreckage. Fortunately, no one was killed.
However, the accident didn't come without injury. Many people came out
with large gashes, dislocated extremities, and lots of bumps and
bruises. The most critical of the injuries involved a scouting
assistant. He severed his spinal cord and this caused permanent
paralysis from the waist down. Another coach fractured a vertebrae, he
underwent surgery Monday. He is expected to be ok. And a trainer
fractured his tibia and fibula in his right leg.
This accident really has sent a wave of emotions through Valley Ranch
and beyond. A company wide email from the desk of Jerry Jones really
put it all in perspective. He mentions, while there are not enough
words to express all our sympathy to those that were critically
injured, true team spirit was proven that day. People that had known
each other for less than 24 hours came together as one to lend a hand,
help, and protect there teammates. This is what our team needs. While,
the accidents outcome will rear it's ugly head for years to come, we
have hopefully seen a new light.
Please be praying for these families. It will be a long road to
recovery. If you want more information about what happened, go to
Dallascowboys.com. I specifically like the article by Mickey Spagnola
called "what happens when the walls tumble down." it's sort of a
moment by moment account of what that day was like.
Hope everyone has a great day!
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