Garrett, Witten share heartfelt words on Luke Laufenburg's passing - Cowboys Wire

The Dallas Cowboys family was struck with sobering news on Thursday morning. After a 20-month battle with Burkitt lymphoma, Luke Laufenburg passed away Thursday morning. The son of former quarterback and radio voice, Babe Laufenburg, Luke was just 21 years old. Coaches, Cowboys players and others provided their support throughout the day for the Laufenburg family.

Shortly after Babe made the announcement of Luke’s passing, head coach Jason Garrett held his morning presser, which gave him an opportunity to offer his memories of Luke, and the impact that he had on the people in his life. Garrett is often guarded, particularly at the podium, but he held nothing back while he reflected on Laufenburg

“Luke was an amazing young man. You guys have heard me talk about ‘Fight’ a lot. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a better example of that in my life…What he’s gone through the last couple of years, the spirit that he had every day, to battle through it, to always be thoughtful about the people in his life. ‘How’s my mom doing, how’s my dad doing, how’s my brother doing?’ Amazing”

Jason Witten, who has shared a working relationship with Babe during his time with the Cowboys, and who’s kids attend the same school that Laufenburg went to offered his perspective as well.

“He was a tough kid, loved ball, just enjoyed life and certainly put up one Hell of a fight.” Seemingly choking back tears, Witten also said, “Certainly I’ll go home, hug my kids today and be thankful for (them) having their health.”

Like Witten, Luke Laufenburg played tight end, and had worn No. 82. It’s easy to understand why. Laufenburg walked on at Texas A&M in 2016, and eventually transferred to UTEP before having to step away from the game to concentrate on his treatment. Sadly, before he got the chance to take the field for the Miners, his cancer returned.

The Laufenburg’s will hear the words ‘it’ll get better,’ and ‘time heals all wounds,’ but the truth is, the pain of losing a child never goes away. For Luke’s dad Babe, mom Joan, and brother Joe, Luke’s ‘Fight’ now belongs to them, to carry on, and to carry forward as they represent his spirit every day until they meet again.

You can follow Burke at @BurkeDowner.


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