Cowboys DT Josh Brent announces retirement

DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) – Troubled Dallas Cowboys DT Josh Brent is retiring from football per his agent Peter Schafer.

The first word came Thursday from CBS Sports reporter Jason La Canfora:

In a statement released from the Dallas Cowboys, Brent said:

"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. 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 a seventh round pick for the Cowboys in the 2010 Supplemental Draft out of Illinois.

He played three seasons for the Cowboys, recording 65 tackles, 1.5 sacks, five pressures, one pass breakup and one forced fumble in 39 career games with five starts.

Cowboys safety Barry Church was on 105.3 the FAN on Thursday and talked about his relationship with Josh Brent and detailed the conversation the last time they spoke:

Brent is facing a mountain of legal issues after he was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter stemming from a late night crash that resulted in the death of a teammate Jerry Brown Jr in December 2012.

Brent was jailed after failing a second drug test, but a court order authorized his release and included new bond conditions.

Brent's intoxication manslaughter trial was scheduled to begin on September 23. No word if that date is still firm.


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