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February 21, 2014

Agent: Josh Brent focused on helping others, not return to football just yet

The agent for former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent said his client is focused on getting his life together and helping others following his jail sentence and has not yet turned toward a return to the NFL.

Peter Schaffer plans to travel to Dallas in the next couple of weeks and have more detailed discussions about Brent's future, but so far, they have been concerned only with trying to find ways to help his and Jerry Brown’s family heal.

Brent is serving a six-month jail sentence and will be on probation for 10 years after being convicted of negligent vehicular manslaughter in the death of Brown, his former Cowboys teammate. Brent’s blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit.

“We haven’t talk about his playing future,” Schaffer said. “I’m going to see him, and we are going to have those discussions. It has not been the proper time to have those discussions. It’s all premature. The most important thing is the make sure he is in a good place, Gary’s family is in a good place and he has the proper direction for the rest of his life.”

Schaffer said one of things Brown is going to do when he is released from jail in June is to try to get involved with programs to help explain the dangers of drinking and driving.

“This is something you never want to go through,” Schaffer said. “There are no winners. You have to find a way to create a winner. If that is saving a family from never having to go through this, then that’s a win.”

Schaffer also praised the Cowboys for their help and support for Brent. Not only did the Cowboys give emotional support, but they helped Brent financially by giving him a job in one of their warehouses.

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