In addition to serving as Herschel Walker's first NFL coach and presiding over three of Walker's most successful seasons, Tom Landry also taught the Heisman Trophy winner a thing or two about how to handle himself off the field.
"Coach Landry said years ago if you take something out of society, put something back in," Walker said this weekend.
With Landry's advice in mind, Walker has participated eight times in NASCAR legend Kyle Petty's annual charity motorcycle ride. The ride benefits Victory Junction, a camp Petty established in North Carolina for children with chronic medical conditions. The 19th annual cross-country trek kicked off Saturday in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and will end 2,000 miles and six days later in Tempe, Arizona.
What started as a trek with a group of friends has become an event that draws hundreds of riders each year.
"Over the years, the Ride has turned into so much more than we ever anticipated," Petty said recently. "I'm grateful for the chance to spend time with friends, while meeting fans and generous supporters who ultimately help create memorable and fun camp experiences for wonderful children and their families."
Since Petty and his wife established the camp in 2004, more than 7,650 children have attended Victory Junction at no cost to their families, thanks to the funds raised by the Kyle Petty Charity Ride.
Walker has visited the camp several times and has come away impressed.
“Those kids have smiles on their faces," Walker said over the weekend. "I think that’s amazing."