Jason Hatcher said he told Josh Brent that something good will come out of the situation he is in and that his career is not over.
“I told him he is going to play football again,” Hatcher said Wednesday at Valley Ranch, speaking to reporters for the first time since the car accident that killed practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown. Brent, the driver, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
“You know God has a plan for Josh’s life,” Hatcher said. “A lot of people don’t know it. But you will see it in the end. Something good is going to come out of this. I’m excited about the process he is going through. It is God’s work. You can see it. We’ve just got to take it one day at a time and see what God has in store.”
Hatcher said he hugged Brent at the memorial for Brown on Tuesday because Brent needed it.
“It’s easy in that situation to feel alone,” Hatcher said. “Like I said, he’s got brothers around him. He’s got guys that care about him on this team that are not just there for the media. We actually hugged his neck as a brother. I hugged him as my little brother. That is the way I feel about him. I’ll say it again. I love him with all my heart. I will do anything in the world to help him out during this process, and I will. I’m going to be at his house. He is going to get tired of seeing me cause I’m going to be there to support him.”
Brent was put on the non-football injury reserved list on Wednesday and did not practice. The Cowboys have encouraged him to continue to come to the facility and work out and be around the team.
Hatcher said Brent is holding up.
“He is good. He is good,” Hatcher said. “His family got to him in time to support him and show him love. That was very important when he got released. He had guys he knows that cared about him there to support him. He is going to have his ups and downs, but he got the support of his bothers. It’s going to be a hard process but it’s not going to be as hard as it could be on him, cause he’s got the right guys around him.”
As for the team, Hatcher said the players had a good day on Wednesday.
“It’s been upbeat,” he said. “It was hard last week initially. But this week, it’s been upbeat. Guys are getting their energy back. I’m back to being me, making people laugh, being the guy I am. We had a good day today. Hopefully we can have another one tomorrow and the next day and get ready for the Steelers.”
-- Carlos Mendez