Retna Digital

DALLAS (AP) -- Billy Crystal traded a stage for a Salvation Army center to help serve an early Thanksgiving lunch to the needy in Dallas.

The comedian and sports fan said "this isn't gonna play well in New Jersey" as he put on a Cowboys jersey with his name and No. 9, the same number as Dallas quarterback Tony Romo.

Crystal, a native New Yorker, is in Dallas through the weekend for performances of his autobiographical one-man play "700 Sundays."

He spent part of Tuesday offering pumpkin pie and visiting with diners, serving up one liners such as "how about this Cowboy?"

Crystal, a longtime fan of baseball's New York Yankees, said he wanted to pitch in because he admires the Cowboys and the NFL franchise.