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Josh Brent goes from starter to retiree

Cowboys-Player-Killed-Football-Josh-BrentThe sad story of Josh Brent has added another layer of new sadness. He is retiring from football.

The Dallas Cowboys nose tackle probably could have eventually returned to the NFL - after jail time and a league suspension - for the time being he has said he is done with the NFL, per his agent - Peter Schaffer.

Brent said in a statement released by the Cowboys: "This is the right decision for me, and something that I have given a lot of thought to. I am at a point where my main focus is all about getting the priorities in my life in order. Those priorities are more important than football. Doing the right things in life are more important than football. I love the game very much. I love my teammates, but this is the right thing for me to do."

Brent was arrested for drunk driving in early December of '12 where he was involved in a wreck that killed practice squad teammate Jerry Brown. Brent is currently awaiting trial for vehicular manslaughter charges.

The Cowboys had not cut Brent, for the obvious reasons they like him has a player and a person. He's 26, and 6-foot-2, 320 pounds and can move and run. He was also a well liked guy as a player. He was becoming a quality NFL nose tackle, which aren't common. Brown's mother has also lobbied hard for the Cowboys to help Brent.

Had this accident not happened, with the way Brent was developing, there was a good chance he would have been this team's starting nose tackle and the Cowboys would have just Jay Ratliff. 

That's gone.


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