Super Bowl Champions Who Have Banked with Celltex
With Super Bowl LVII on the horizon, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the Super Bowl champions Celltex has helped over the years.
It’s thanks to the work of Jackie Sherrill that Celltex is continually working with athletes to help improve their quality of life after years off the field. As President of the Celltex Sports Division, he assists with the coordination of sports studies to help advance stem cell research for sports medicine. Through his efforts, Sherrill hopes to limit the lasting health consequences athletes face as a result of their injuries.
Sherrill himself was recently inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, and with Celltex’s ongoing work with Andrew Medicine, we’re happy to say that it’s been an exciting time for Celltex’s Sports Division.
Below is a list of retired Super Bowl champions who have their Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) banked with Celltex.
- Bob Lilly | Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl VI
- Lee Roy Jordan | Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl VI
- Dan Pastorini | Oakland Raiders, Super Bowl XV
- Tony Dorsett | Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XII
- Randy White | Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XII
- Mel Renfro | Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowls VI and XII
Bob Lilly | Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl VI
“I have never felt better. They gave me my life back.” – Bob Lilly on Celltex
Bob Lilly’s NFL Career
Bob Lilly, known as “Mr. Cowboy” by many, played defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys from 1961 to 1974. Lilly’s fourteen-season career was filled with many accolades, including 11 Pro Bowls, 7 First-team All-Pro selections, and an eventual induction into the NFL Hall of Fame. However, becoming a Super Bowl champion was perhaps the highlight of them all.
Playing under legendary head coach Tom Landry, Lilly helped the team put up a dominant defensive performance against the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI, holding them to just three points. Lilly even set a record for the longest negative play in Super Bowl history when he sacked Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese for a 29-yard loss.
Lilly played a few more seasons after his Super Bowl win, before retiring after the 1974 season.
Bob Lilly’s Retirement and Stem Cell Therapy
Since retiring in 1975, Lilly has dedicated much of his time to photography, a passion he has had since he was still playing at TCU. He particularly enjoys landscape photography due to his love for the outdoors. Even when he doesn’t have a camera in hand, he can often be found outside playing golf, hunting, fishing, or traveling with family.
Lilly’s active lifestyle was put on pause when he was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica, a painful autoimmune disease that often affects the shoulders. He tried managing his symptoms with conventional medications but still was experiencing extreme pain. He eventually came to Celltex in search of state-of-the-art stem cell technology to help with the pain in his left shoulder.
After receiving therapy using his Celltex-cultured stem cells, he regained full motion in both shoulders. He even noticed other, unexpected improvements in his eyesight and hearing.
Today, Bob Lilly continues to be an advocate for Celltex’s Sports Division.
“I have never felt better. I cannot thank Celltex and the staff in Cancun enough. They gave me my life back.”
You can read more about Bob Lilly’s story here.
Lee Roy Jordan | Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl VI
“They are changing my life. And for that, I am forever grateful.” – Lee Roy Jordan on Celltex
Lee Roy Jordan’s NFL Career
Lee Roy Jordan played alongside fellow Celltex client Bob Lilly in their Super Bowl VI victory. As a linebacker, he was another key piece to the team’s impressive defensive effort against the Miami Dolphins.
Despite being smaller in stature compared to other linebackers, Jordan was known for his dominant tackling. In fact, according to DallasCowboys.com, he held the Cowboys franchise record for all-time tackles for over 25 years.
After fourteen seasons, five Pro Bowl selections, and, of course, a Super Bowl title, Lee Roy Jordan called it a career.
Lee Roy Jordan’s Long-Term Cognitive Health
Jordan’s career came with an incredible toll on the body, having played at a time when NFL safety regulations were significantly less defined — likely contributing to his recent struggle with dementia.
Jordan came to Celltex in 2016 for help with his cognitive health and has seen great improvements across multiple symptoms. In over 5 years of regular stem cell therapy, he has continued to maintain and improve his quality of life, rather than experiencing the expected decline from dementia.
“They are changing my life. And for that, I am forever grateful. I truly believe in the work that Celltex is doing for their clientele; it is amazing to see the improvements of friends. I whole-heartedly recommend Celltex and adult stem cell therapy made possible by their technology to anyone looking to improve the quality of their life.”
You can read more about Lee Roy Jordan’s journey with Celltex and his battle with dementia here.
Dan Pastorini | Oakland Raiders, Super Bowl XV
“Needless to say, I had a lot of pain after the game.” – Dan Pastorini reflecting on past injuries
Dan Pastorini’s NFL Career
Dan Pastorini spent thirteen seasons in the NFL, playing quarterback primarily for the Houston Oilers. However, his Super Bowl title didn’t come until after he was traded to the Oakland Raiders in 1980. During his fifth game with the Raiders, Pastorini suffered a fractured tibia that unfortunately kept him sidelined for the rest of the season. He was unable to play in the team’s Super Bowl XV win over Philadelphia.
Nonetheless, Dan Pastorini still had a successful career in the NFL. He was known for his toughness, playing through countless injuries in his tenure as the Houston Oilers quarterback.
Pastorini’s Pain After the Game
The many injuries Pastorini suffered during his career led to a great amount of pain later in life, which he noted during a 2017 testimonial with Celltex:
“Throughout my playing career, I suffered 12 concussions, 16 broken noses, a cracked sternum, 4 separated shoulders, 38 broken ribs. Needless to say, I had a lot of pain after the game.”
He came to Celltex for help improving his quality of life following the long-term impact of his football-related injuries.
More Dallas Cowboys Turned Celltex Clients
NFL Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett spent eleven seasons playing running back for the Dallas Cowboys. He helped the team defeat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII before, ironically, being traded to the Broncos for his final season.
Dorsett banked his stem cells with Celltex back in 2014 after his longtime friend and former coach Jackie Sherrill told him about the cutting-edge technology.
Randy White spent thirteen years in the NFL as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, playing defensive tackle for the bulk of his Hall of Fame career. He competed in three super bowls, even being named co-MVP of Super Bowl XII.
White came to Celltex for help with his arthritis, having banked his stem cells in 2016.
Mel Renfro spent his entire fourteen-year career with the Dallas Cowboys. The skilled cornerback helped the team during both their Super Bowl VI and XII wins. In 1996, Renfro was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, joining former teammates and fellow Celltex clients Bob Lilly, Tony Dorsett, and Randy White.
Decades after he retired from the game, he came to Celltex to help manage his cognitive health and arthritis as he aged.
Celltex Therapeutics Corporation is an international leader in cryopreservation, or banking, and culturing of autologous, adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for therapeutic use and has remained committed to improving and maintaining clients’ quality of life. Celltex has the unique ability to do what no one else can: isolate, expand and cryopreserve your own MSCs to create your master cell bank, all from one small sample of your adipose tissue. This bank of MSCs can then be used to produce hundreds of millions of clinical-grade, genetically stable MSCs that are available for therapeutic use. To learn more about Celltex, visit www.celltexbank.com
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