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December 12, 2012

Jason Garrett: Jerry Brown's mom Stacey Jackson showed remarkable strength, compassion for Josh Brent

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday's memorial service for practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown was incredible on so many levels. It helped the Cowboys begin the process of moving on and finding closer.

But the thing he was most impressed by was the Brown's mother, Stacey Jackson, because of the strength that she displayed and the compassion has for nose tackle Josh Brent, who has been charged with intoxication manslaughter for the one-car accident that killed her son.

"It was as remarkable a thing as I’ve ever seen in my life to be honest with you," Garrett said of Jackson. "I spoke to her after the game and got a chance to visit with her prior to the memorial. And the strength that demonstrates, the faith that she has, her ability to understand and have peace in this situation so quickly is remarkable. She’s been a rock for everybody, and she was again yesterday. And she really was remarkable. And you can tell that she has so much love, and her family has so much love for Josh, and there’s been a real connection there for a long time. The closeness they’ve had since they were together at Illinois and since they’ve been down here. She loves and cares about him very much. She, too, wants to support him in any way that she can, along with us and everybody here at the Cowboys. Again, it was remarkable. She’s a really, really strong woman. A special woman, in light of these circumstances. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen."

Brent and Brown were best friends dating back to their days together as teammates in college at Illinois. Brown lived with Brent after signing with the Cowboys in October.

Brent, who is out on bail after posting a $500,000 bond, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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