Josh Brent

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Josh Brent
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Brent arriving at an event in August 2012.
No. 92, 94, 95
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-01-30) January 30, 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth: Tulare, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school: Central Catholic
College: Illinois
Supplemental draft: 2010 / Round: 7
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 44
Sacks: 1.5
Forced Fumbles: 1
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Joshua Aaron Price-Brent (born January 30, 1988) is a former American football defensive tackle who played for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Illinois.

Early years[edit]

Brent was born in Tulare, California on January 30, 1988, the son of LaTasha Brent, and grew up in Bloomington, Illinois, where he attended Central Catholic High School. As a junior, he recorded 109 tackles, 31 for losses and 6 sacks, he also earned All-Area, All-Region and All-State honors. As a senior, he recorded 90 tackles, 19 for losses and 8 sacks, he was also named a PrepStar All-American, Chicago Tribune first-team All-State, SuperPrep All-American and Champaign News-Gazette first-team All-State.

Coming out of high school, Brent was ranked the no. 3 in the "Best of the Midwest" by the Detroit Free Press, rated among the Top-100 recruits nationally at 80th and a four-star recruit by and by He also ranked the 11th best player in the Midwest by SuperPrep, as well as the ninth-best defensive tackle and fifth ranked player in the state of Illinois by He was also ranked 13th at defensive tackle in the nation by

While at Central Catholic, Brent was a four-year letterman in basketball and track. As a freshman he made the state finals in the shot put, as a sophomore and junior, he was a state runner-up. He was also a three-time all-state selection in track. He was also teammates with tight end Michael Hoomanawanui.

College career[edit]

Brent attended the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign where he played football for the Fighting Illini.[1] In 2007, as a true freshman, Brent played in 10 games, posting 8 tackles (2 for loss), 0.5 sacks and a quarterback pressure. In 2008 as a sophomore, he appeared in 10 games (8 starts), registering 34 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 4 quarterback pressures and one fumble recovery.

In 2009 as a junior, he started all 12 games, recording 29 tackles (7 for loss), 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.[2] He finished his college career with 71 tackles (17.5 for loss), 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries, while playing in 33 games (20 starts).

Professional career[edit]

Brent decided to enter the NFL after he was ruled academically ineligible to play his senior season. Because he missed the filing deadline for the regular draft, he was eligible to apply for the 2010 supplemental draft and was taken in the seventh round by the Dallas Cowboys,[3][4] who had not drafted any players this way since 1995.[5] As a rookie, he surprised observers by making the team, even though he was limited in the early part of training camp with a broken left hand. During the season he was given around 15 plays per game and posted 17 tackles.

He received his first career starts in 2012 and was coming on strong as a key player on the defensive line, while replacing an injured Jay Ratliff. On December 8, 2012, he flipped his car on the Texas State Highway 114 at 2:21 a.m. while driving under the influence, killing his passenger, college and Cowboys teammate Jerry Brown. This accident occurred one day before playing against the Cincinnati Bengals, which was a game with playoff implications for both sides and that the Bengals were already heavily favored. Head coach Jason Garrett told the team of the incident while they were on the plane about to fly to Cincinnati.

That Saturday, the players held emotional meetings and hung the jerseys of Brent and Brown in their locker room. The Cowboys won that game 20-19. Brent was later placed on the reserve/non-football illness list after being charged for the death of Jerry Brown.[6]

For Brown's memorial service, Stacey Jackson (Brown's mother) in a support gesture, requested Brent to meet with the family at the airport and sit with them at the event.[7] The next game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was invited by teammates to sit on the Cowboys sideline. Upon hearing how his presence was being perceived by the CBS Sports commentators doing the game and the social network sites, he approached the Cowboys staff and excused himself for the second half. After the incident, the NFL and the team would not allow him to be on the sidelines for the rest of the season.[8]

Brent announced his retirement on July 18, 2013, to focus on his off-the-field issues pertaining to the charges of intoxicated manslaughter.[9] After serving his punishment in prison and going through a rehabilitation process, he was reinstated by the NFL following a 10-game suspension. On November 11, 2014, he was activated from the team's reserve/suspended list.[10][11] Because of the time he missed away from the game, he wasn't in playing shape and needed until week 12 to return to game action. After being active in three games as a reserve player, he would miss the last four with a calf strain.[12] He registered two tackles and played an average of 20 snaps in each of the Cowboys’ playoff contests.

Brent was placed on the reserve/retired list on May 8, 2015.[13] Per head coach Jason Garrett, "Brent is focused more on his life away from football. We are impressed at how he's recovered, and wish him well going forward". On September 25, 2015, the Dallas Cowboys announced that Brent had accepted a position in their scouting department.[14]

Legal troubles[edit]

Brent pleaded guilty to a charge of driving under the influence on June 2, 2009, as a result of an incident from the previous February. He was sentenced to two years probation and 60 days in jail. He was also fined an undisclosed amount and ordered to undergo 200 hours of community service.[15]

On December 8, 2012, Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter in Irving, Texas, after a motor vehicle accident, in which he was the driver, killed his teammate, Jerry Brown.[16] Police documents showed that Brent was driving at least 110 mph and may have been driving as fast as 134 mph right before the crash,[17] on a road where the posted speed limit was 45 mph.[18] Brent later failed a sobriety test and would face 2 to 20 years in prison if convicted.[19] Brent was found by the police pulling out his friend and teammate. Jerry Brown's mother begged the Cowboys to keep Brent as a teammate and not forget him.[20]

On December 26, 2012, a grand jury indicted Brent on one count of intoxication manslaughter.[21] On May 24, 2013, the Dallas district attorney requested to revoke Brent's bail for not adhering to the monitoring conditions and send him to jail to await trial. The judge denied the request and ordered additional forms of monitoring.[22]

He was sent back to jail on June 27, 2013, after it was revealed that he had failed a drug test on June 19. Before this, he had also failed another drug test in late May, testing positive for marijuana both times.[23] He was released from jail due to a court order on July 7, 2013. On January 24, 2014, Brent was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter in the death of Jerry Brown and sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years probation.[24][25]


  1. ^ "Josh Brent, Dallas Cowboys player, arrested after crash kills teammate Jerry Brown". CBS News. December 8, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  2. ^ Josh Brent. "Josh Brent Profile". Fightingillini.Com. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  3. ^ "Unga, Price-Brent taken in last round of supplemental draft". 2010-07-15. Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  4. ^ Seifert, Kevin (2010-07-15). "Bears pick Unga; Price-Brent to Dallas". ESPN. Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  5. ^ Kavner, Rowan. "Josh Brent". Dallas Cowboys. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  6. ^ Associated Press (2012-12-12). "Dallas' Brent on reserve/non-football illness list". Yahoo! Sports. Archived from the original on December 15, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  7. ^ Broaddus, Bryan (2012-12-11). "Cowboys Hold Private Memorial Service For Brown; Brent Attends". Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  8. ^ "Josh Brent of Dallas Cowboys now barred from sidelines - sources - ESPN Dallas". 2012-12-19. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  9. ^ "Cowboys' Josh Brent announces retirement | ProFootballTalk". 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  10. ^ Rainer Sabin. "NFL: Josh Brent conditionally reinstated, can return to play Week 11". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2014-09-03. 
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  13. ^ Jenkins, Ron (May 8, 2015). "Dallas Cowboys tackle Josh Brent retires". Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Former DT Josh Brent Returns To Cowboys In Scouting Department". Dallas Cowboys. Irving, Texas: Dallas Cowboys. 25 September 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  15. ^ Adam Rittenberg (June 10, 2009). "Brent began sentence June 2". Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  16. ^ MacMahon, Tim; Todd Archer (December 8, 2012). "Josh Brent arrested after accident". Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  17. ^ Police think Josh Brent was driving at least 110 mph before crash, NBC, February 21, 2013
  18. ^ Cowboys' Josh Brent arrested after crash kills teammate Jerry Brown, USA Today, January 7, 2013
  19. ^ Biggs, Brad (2012-12-08). "Josh Brent tried to pull Jerry Brown from his burning Mercedes". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  20. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (2012-12-16). "Jerry Brown Jr.'s mother forgives Cowboys' Josh Brent". Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  21. ^ "Cowboys' Brent indicted in crash killing teammate". CBS News. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  22. ^ "Judge orders more monitoring for Cowboys DT - NFL -". 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  23. ^ "Despite Josh Brent failing second drug test, Dallas Cowboys have no plans to cut him, sources say - ESPN Dallas". 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  24. ^ "Josh Brent awaiting sentence". 2014-01-24. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  25. ^ Owens, Marjorie (2014-01-14). "Josh Brent sentenced to 180 days in jail". Retrieved 2014-02-28. 

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