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Lunch | Affordable Housing on the Road to Becoming a 3x Super Bowl Champion, Darren Woodson

September 4, 2019, 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Darren Woodson 
Dallas Cowboys Legend


Three-time Super Bowl champion, five-time Pro Bowl selection and described by Sports Illustrated as, “One of the hardest hitters in the NFL,” Darren Woodson is one of the greatest players to ever wear a Dallas Cowboys uniform.
 
Darren is a former ESPN Analyst, and is a long ways from his humble beginnings, which he credits with his drive for success on and off the field.
 
Darren was raised by a single mother who worked several jobs to keep food on the table at their home in what were then considered “the projects” of Phoenix. He lost friends due to gang shootings and has others that are serving life terms. Darren saw football as a way out.   
 

Through his story, Darren shares that although his childhood had its challenges, having a home his family could afford served as a gateway to success.  He largely credits his hard-working mother and the home she was able to provide for his drive to succeed. Today, Darren shares his passion for empowering families to break the cycle of poverty through his work with the Interfaith Housing Coalition. 
 
When Darren retired from the Cowboys in 2004 as the team’s all-time leading tackler, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said: "Darren was a team player first and a team leader always. He’s a living, breathing example of the saying that ‘character does matter’.”  
 
Don't miss this story of a Cowboys legend...you may even pick up a tip or two for your fantasy football team. 

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