Grandmother says NFL was dream of Cowboys’ Brown

IRVING, TEXAS (AP) - The grandmother of Jerry Brown, who was killed in what police say was a drunken-driving accident, remembers him as a young man who stopped at nothing to realize his dream of becoming a professional football player.

Theresa Clark of St. Louis tells The Associated Press that Brown lived for football, and loved it with all of his heart. He was a practice-squad linebacker with the Dallas Cowboys.

The 25-year-old Brown died Saturday in Irving, Texas. Teammate Josh Brent is charged with intoxication manslaughter and being held on $500,000 bond.

While Clark’s heart is heavy over the death of her eldest grandson, she remains proud of his accomplishments.

She says Brown built a foundation of faith, hard work and discipline for his younger cousins to follow.

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Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent was due to appear at a court hearing in Irving on Sunday morning, a day after he was charged with intoxication manslaughter in connection with an accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown.

Irving police said the accident happened about 2:20 a.m. Saturday, hours before Brent was to be on a team flight to Cincinnati.

Before the game, the Bengals held a moment of silence before the national anthem. Most Cowboys bowed their heads, and Dallas quarterback Tony Romo and several other players had their hands over their hearts.

On Fox’s NFL Sunday show, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the team had focused on Brown’s death in the “last few hours.” He didn’t mention Brent.

“First of all we all know, but we remind ourselves that there is something more important than football, and this is life, and certainly the lost life of Jerry,” Jones said on the TV show. “On the other hand, they know the best way they can honor Jerry, because he was such a hard worker, so conscientious and enthusiastic about his career.”

Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz said Saturday that the 25-year-old Brown _ a practice-squad linebacker who also was Brent’s teammate for three seasons at the University of Illinois _ was found unresponsive at the scene and pronounced dead at a hospital.

“I am devastated and filled with grief,” Brent said in a statement released Saturday to multiple media outlets by agent Peter Schaffer. “Filled with grief for the loss of my close friend and teammate, Jerry Brown. I am also grief-stricken for his family, friends and all who were blessed enough to have known him.

“I will live with this horrific and tragic loss every day for the rest of my life. My prayers are with his family, our teammates and his friends at this time.”

It marked the second straight week the NFL found itself dealing with a tragedy right before gameday.

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