Josh Brent lobbied for Jerry Brown Jr. with Cowboys

  • By Gregg Rosenthal
  • Around The League editor
  • Updated: Dec. 9, 2012 at 10:06 a.m.

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent and Jerry Brown Jr. were close college friends at University of Illinois. They were roommates in Dallas when Brown was signed to the practice squad, a move that Brent helped to influence.
Speaking on 'NFL GameDay Morning,' Michael Irvin detailed a conversation he had with Cowboys defensive line coach Leon Lett.
"Josh was actually the reason Jerry Brown was there," Irvin said. "(Brent) had gone to all the coaches and lobbied to get him there. And talked about them and their dream of playing together in the NFL."
Brent is currently in jail after an arrest on a charge of intoxicated manslaughter for driving a car that flipped over, killing Brown. The circumstances surrounding Brown's death just make the loss all the more heartbreaking.
"I am devastated and filled with grief," Brent said in a statement released by his agent Saturday night. "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."