Byron Jones and His Awesome Touchdown Pass (in Photos)
Byron Jones showed that he can not only pass a football as well as several legendary Cowboys quarterbacks, he also can bust-a-move on-stage! Check out Byron making the perfect pass to his receiver, 11-year old Zachary Goldminz, and then celebrating with an awesome touchdown dance on-stage with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders!
Byron joined Cowboys teammate Dak Prescott and former Cowboys QBs Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Jason Garrett, and Tony Romo at the 2018 Children’s Cancer Fund Gala which raised $1.2 million for pediatric oncology research and programs at Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern. Byron and his fellow Dallas Cowboys greats, past and present, walked the runway with pediatric cancer patients during a fashion show.
Of course, Byron is a defensive back. He’s supposed to defend passes, not throw them. Yet it was Byron who threw a perfect spiral down the runway to his partner, Zachary. In the ensuing celebration, Byron and Zachary were joined by DCC squad members Lacey, Cersten, Lauren, and Savannah in a dance that had the entire audience cheering.
“We developed a plan,” Byron says of the completed pass to Zachary. “He wanted to be the best team walking down the runway, and that’s exactly what we did. We did a nice little dance, went underneath the cheerleaders, and he caught a perfectly thrown fade route by me. I’m not taking credit. It was a really great catch by him.”
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett takes part in the CCF fundraiser; he may have just scouted Zachary as an up-and-comer at wide receiver!
Zachary is a huge Cowboys fan from Plano, Texas. He wants to grow up to be a Pediatric Oncologist and an Olympic swimmer. In addition to the Dallas Cowboys, Zachary is also a big fan of Michael Phelps because, as Zachary notes, “he started off in the hospital as a child and became the best swimmer.”
As for Byron, he’s already gearing up for next year’s event. He’s also glad he got to throw the pass to Zachary rather than try to play defense against the 11-year old with smooth moves.
“I love the entire atmosphere here,” notes Byron. “The kids’ energies and smiles. We just have a good time, regardless of the circumstances, everyone is smiling and enjoying themselves. That is beautiful. I’m so happy to be part of that. I love it. Obviously on the football field we want to win games, but to win the battle against cancer is really more important.”
The annual gala is the Children Cancer Fund’s largest annual fundraiser for pediatric cancer. The CCF was founded 35 years ago by a coalition of parents whose children were receiving cancer therapy at Children’s Medical Center. For the past 30 years, they’ve held a fundraising gala. Roger Staubach was one of the first local celebrities to get involved, and now other Dallas Cowboys are happy to lend their support and walk the runway…or throw the occasional touchdown pass to one of the kids!
For more information on CCF, and to see more photos from the CCF’s 30thAnniversary Gala, visit their Facebook page by clicking here.
*Special thanks to Mark Lane of WFAA.com and Elizabeth Lenart of VGS Marketing for story notes on the gala, and thanks to photographers Kristina Bowman and Thomas Garza for capturing this special moment with their cameras so we could share it with Cowboys Nation!