I’ve heard rumors people are worried Josh Brent will kill himself. Oh how I hope he doesn’t take that road, because it does not solve anything. Oh how I think I would understand it, because he has to be hating himself and everything he is. It is worse because he screwed up once before like this. Luckily for him no one died that day. This time his best friend did. It’s hard enough to lose someone you love like a family member or best friend without it being your fault.
One of two things might happen here. Josh Brent may either lapse completely into depression and alcoholism due to his guilt. Or he might completely change his life, give up the night life, alcohol, and decide to do all he can for his best friend’s coming child. There are many who hope his career is over. I can’t. The possibility of him playing next week has not come up yet, but I hope he dedicates the rest of his career to his friend’s memory and provides the child a paid for college education. It can’t substitute for a Father, but it might help another young man heal.
Whether we want to admit it or not, there were two of our players in that car. Neither should have been. We can agree with that all day long. But they were and now one of them is gone and the other has to live with it for the rest of his life. I can’t fathom it. I don’t want to.
I’ve never been prouder of my favorite football team than I am right now. Not even Super Bowl victories have me as proud as I am of them right now. It’s going to be a tough week and this team won. But they lost so much more than a football game. They lost someone who was a part of them. Jerry Brown wasn’t just a Practice Squad guy to this team. If you doubt that then you need to see the emotion come out when Rob Ryan hugged Jason Garrett. You need to see the clip of Jason Garrett hugging Jason Hatcher as he held up Jerry’s jersey. You need to see DeMarcus Ware holding that jersey high in his left hand as he ran off the field. You need to hear Jason Garrett’s voice break as he tells the story about Jerry Brown beating him to the punch to ask him how he was doing. You need to know why the team is giving the game ball to Jerry Brown’s Mom.