News & Notes: Tyson Walter & Roy Williams

The Cowboys' Tyson Walter and Roy Williams aren't your two average players in the National Football League.

* Tyson Walter's off-season workout plans had a different twist this summer.

In addition to training for the upcoming NFL season, Walter worked between 15 to 20 hours a week at United Development Funding in Dallas, where he helped finance real estate development. The job is part of an internship program run by the NFL's player development department.

"The plan is to give myself the most options after football and go from there," Walter said. "You can either sit around and play video games or try to advance yourself."

The average career of an NFL player is about four years. Walter is entering his third pro season.

A three-time choice on the Big Ten all-academic team while at Ohio State, Walter graduated with degrees in finance, economics and risk management. He contacted former Cowboys running back Calvin Hill, a consultant with player development for the team, expressing interest in working with finance.

"You have to be prepared," Walter said. "In 10 years, without a doubt I'll be out of the league. I may be out in 10 days."

At United Development Funding, the 6-foot-5, 310-pound Walter puts together market research data and macroeconomic data.

"Business is about people, and Tyson is clearly a winner," said Hollis Greenlaw, president of United Development Funding.

The Cowboys reported to training camp Friday and began practice Saturday morning in Oxnard, Calif. Walter is a reserve guard and center.

"If the average lifespan is 75 years, and the average career of a football player is three or four, you're looking at 5 percent of your life basically," Walter said. "You can't help but realize football's what you do for a few years before you get out in the real world."

Walter is studying for his Series 7 exam, a New York Stock Exchange test that allows an individual to trade securities, and joked that he might even own a football team someday.

* As a response to watching firsthand his sister Alecia's struggle to raise his nephew Jaylen all by herself, S Roy Williams decided to launch The Roy Williams Safety Net Foundation. The idea is to provide single mothers with assistance, resources and support to make their lives a little easier.

"Seeing the struggles my sister went through to try to raise my little nephew on her own with no support and no help, that's (what) got me wanting to help single-parent mothers, because I see how hard it is," Roy Williams said.

What he really wants with his foundation is to get his hands dirty, to do something that will affect the lives of people who desperately need it.

"I'm very, very passionate about helping these single-parent mothers, because my sister really left out a lot of things about her raising my nephew, Jaylen. There are doctors' appointments when he is sick and laundry and diapers," Williams said, pausing to recount how Alecia used to have to bring Jaylen to the restaurant where she was a waitress. She had people watch him while she was waiting on tables. "When I was watching that, I was thinking she should not have to be like this. Things like that really motivate me to really make this foundation work, and it is going to make me even work harder and strive for the kids."

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