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December 11, 2012

Garrett plans to reach out to other NFL coaches for advice on dealing with Cowboys' tragedy

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he plans to reach out soon to other NFL coaches who have dealt with tragedies in efforts to deal with the grief involved with the death of Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown, a practice squad player who died in a Saturday car crash that resulted in teammate Josh Brent being jailed for intoxicated manslaughter.

Brent, a defensive tackle and Brown’s close friend and former college teammate, was released from Irving jail Sunday after posting a $500,000 bond and is expected to attend Brown’s memorial service arranged by the team this afternoon in Dallas.

Among the coaches mentioned as possibilities for Garrett to contact include former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, who was the team’s coach when safety Sean Taylor was killed during a home invasion in 2007, and Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel, whose team lost linebacker Jovan Belcher on Dec. 1 in a murder-suicide situation. Belcher killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, then drove to the team’s training facility where he shot himself.

“Going forward, I do plan to reach out to those guys and just try to see as we go forward what’s the best way to try to continue to honor the person we lost,” Garrett said during a Monday news conference. “But at the same time, get everybody to move forward and try to live life as fully as we can in so many different ways. I will reach out to those guys at some point. I just haven’t been able to yet.”

_ Jimmy Burch

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