As we all celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday and think of our own mothers, it is important for every Cowboys fan to have a special place in their day to keep Stacey Jackson in our thoughts and prayers. Mrs. Jackson is the mother of former Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown, who was tragically killed in a car accident earlier this past season. This will be the first Mother’s Day where Mrs. Jackson will not have her son there to shower her with gifts and praise. That kind of experience is something I cannot fathom or even want to ponder.
Jerry Brown was a linebacker that primarily played on the practice field for the Cowboys, but with the amount of injuries and turnover in the Dallas linebacker corps last season could have suited up, if not on defense than certainly on special teams. Brown was a passenger in a car driven by teammate Josh Brent, who was discovered to be drunk at the time of the accident.
There is not a person out there that would have been critical of Mrs. Jackson if she acted out angrily towards the man that made the decision to drive drunk that ultimately took her son’s life. While most of the media and public used the opportunity to bash Josh Brent and the Dallas Cowboys, Mrs. Jackson showed true grace in the scenario. She not only accepted the apology of her son’s friend and teammate, but she took him under her wing to comfort him through the situation as well. When Brent was criticized for being in attendance and on the sidelines during the next game at Cowboys Stadium, Mrs. Jackson came to his defense stating she did not want Brent to be ostracized from the team and scolded the media members that bashed Brent.
In the Cowboys game at Cincinnati, the first game following the tragedy, Mrs. Jackson was presented with the game ball by head coach Jason Garrett, a small memento when compared to the loss of her son. The gesture was very heart warming and Mrs. Jackson accepted the ball with tears in her eyes.
As we celebrate with our own mothers this Mother’s Day, please keep Stacey Jackson in your thoughts and prayers, with the way she handled the entire situation she certainly deserves all the good wishes this world has to offer this Sunday.