Claiborne remembers Richard Durrett

IRVING, Texas -- When Morris Claiborne learned about the sudden passing of ESPN Dallas’ Richard Durrett, the Dallas Cowboys cornerback was floored.

Durrett hosted Claiborne’s radio show last year and the two forged a tight relationship over the season.

“My heart dropped,” Claiborne said. “He was one of the coolest guys I ever met in my life. He seemed like one of those guys who was really down to earth. Just hearing him talk in the time I spent with him, he was willing to give his last. My heart goes out to his family and his kids. I wish those guys the best.”

Durrett died Tuesday. He was 38. He leaves behind a wife and two kids.

“Sometimes I’d wake up after games and I don’t want to go to the show,” Claiborne said. “I’d talk to him. We’d text back and forth and he pumps me up to come and then we get there and he pretty much helps me get everything off my chest. He really kind of helped me get through last season.”

The Rangers Foundation has set up a fund to benefit the Durrett family. Donations can be made through the Rangers' website.