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Josh Brent Quits NFL After Drunk-Driving Crash

The Dallas Cowboys star, facing up to 20 years in prison for a DUI that killed his teammate, wants to "do the right thing."

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By McCarton Ackerman

07/19/13

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Dallas Cowboys star Josh Brent, who killed his teammate and friend Jerry Brown in a drunk-driving accident last December, has announced his retirement from the NFL. Brent, 25, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and faces up to 20 years in prison for the car crash, in which his blood alcohol content was more than double the legal limit. "I am at a point where my main focus is all about getting the priorities in my life in order,” said Brent in a statement. “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.” Brent was put on the non-reserve injury list at the end of last season following the car crash, but NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league would not pursue any punishment against him since he has announced his retirement. The former NFL player also tested positive twice for marijuana while out on bond and was briefly jailed after the second test. He is currently on bond now, but is banned from driving and is subject to drug and alcohol tests. Brent's arrest in 2012 was the 18th of an NFL player on suspicion of DUI that year—up from seven in 2011. And Brown's death was the third time since 1998 that an NFL player killed someone while allegedly driving impaired.

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