Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent (92) on the sidelines against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Football: Former Illini Josh Brent Retires From NFL

On Thursday, the Dallas Cowboys announced that defensive tackle and former Illini Josh Brent was retiring from the NFL.

Brent was in a car wreck last December that led to the death of teammate and former Illini Jerry Brown. Brent had been drinking that night and had a blood alcohol level of 0.18.

According to, Brent said in a statement on Thursday:

“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.”

Brent went on to say:

“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.”

After the accident, the Cowboys placed Brent on the non-injury reserve list, and did not release him because of a promise the franchise made to Brown’s mother, Stacey Jackson.

When asked about Brent’s retirement, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said:

“Football is very important to a lot of us. It’s important to Josh. But there are other things that are more important, and that’s what he needs to do right now for himself and it’s a good decision. He has to take it one day at a time and get himself going and get his life back together.”

Josh Brent has a court date set for September 23rd. His attorneys have spoken with the district attorney’s office about a plea agreement.

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