Ron Zook: Josh Brent was "living a model life"

  • By Kareem Copeland
  • Around the League Writer
  • Published: Dec. 9, 2012 at 09:24 a.m.

Ron Zook was in shock after learning of the tragic incident involving his former Illinois players Josh Brent and Jerry Brown Jr. Brown was killed in an auto accident early Saturday morning when Brent hit a curb and flipped his car. Brent was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter.

Zook said the two Dallas Cowboys were living together.

"I had just talked to (Brent's) agent a couple weeks ago about how Josh was doing and doing great," Zook told's Ian Rapoport. "Living a model life. Jerry was living with him. Keeping his nose clean, he wasn't spending money, he wasn't going out. He was just ... really, we felt like he had finally grown up and grown through that and was just doing a great job.

"I know he's devastated right now. Talking to his agent who he was very close to. He was mentoring Jerry, helping Jerry through some tough things. Just a shame."

Brent was pulling Brown from the burning 2007 Mercedes when police arrived on the scene.