Battling legal issues stemming to the tragic drunk driving induced accident that killed Cowboys teammate Jerry Brown, Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent decided to formerly retire to focus on his legal defense. Brent is currently being charged with intoxicated manslaughter after his car flipped and killed Brown, one of the NFL’s most tragic incidents in recent memory and something that obviously looked to have ended Brent’s career.
Yet up until today Brent was listed on the Cowboys roster with the team unsure of what to do in what is a very difficult situation for the organization as well as the Brown family and Brent himself. So today Brent made the decision with all things considered to retire from the game and focus on the aftermath of a tragic event that could see him face jail time for killing his friend and teammate.
“This is the right decision for me, and something that I have given a lot of thought to,” Brent said in a statement.
“I am at a point where my main focus is all about getting the priorities in my life in order. Those priorities are more important than football. Doing the right things in life are more important than football. I love the game very much. I love my teammates, but this is the right thing for me to do.”
Brent played at the University of Illinois before being ruled academically ineligible for his senior season, eventually being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Supplemental Draft. Brent surprisingly made the Cowboys in his first season in 2010, eventually working his way into his first starts in 2012 before the death of Brown. Brent and Brown were out drinking the day before leaving to Cincinnati for a crucial late season playoff game on December 8 before Brent flipped his car and killed his teammate.
At 25 Brent’s career is likely over. Academic ineligibility already put a major blow into his career and prevented him from being a much higher draft pick, now with a lengthy court case pending and potential jail time for intoxicated manslaughter, Brent could be in jail and away from football for a long time. Already a fringe starter in the NFL it would be unlikely to see Brent get a second chance in a Mike Vick type of situation unless teams are hard up on nose tackles.
Brent clearly sees the weight of this situation and the distraction it creates from football and has decided to take the route of good judgement and taste in stepping away from the Cowboys and football for the moment. The sudden end of his career and his legal troubles a warning to those NFL players caught up in the league’s DUI epidemic and another sad dynamic to the tragic death of Jerry Brown.