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December 08, 2012

Albright describes Brown as quiet, ready to work, never complained; says team trying to focus

Second-year Cowboys linebacker Alex Albright remembered Jerry Brown as a quiet player who opened up after a couple of weeks with the team and was respected for his work ethic.

“I liked Jerry a lot,” Albright said Saturday night at the team hotel, where he and Victor Butler were signing autographs for fans. “Got to know him the past five weeks. He’s really a quiet kid, but after the first couple of weeks, he really opened up.

“He never complained. He never gave any guff. He was always just ready to work. I liked Jerry a lot. That’s all I can say. It’s just tough not having him here.”

Albright said the coaching staff did a good job of getting a message out about remembering Brown but also remaining focused on Sunday’s game against the Bengals.

“I think guys are really just focused on football, and Coach did a good job of addressing (that) we need to remember Jerry and remember what’s happened, but our season is still on the line – we still need to go forward and work towards our season,” Albright said.

Albright said the mood of the team was as might be expected. He said it’s hard to put feelings into words.

“You can’t really describe it. It’s just difficult,” he said. “You never expect anything like this to happen. Never had any experience with this. We just have to do the best that we can.”

On the flight, Albright said “everyone was checking with themselves, looking inside, seeing really how well we can get over this and still move forward.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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