Josh Brent is ‘retiring’ to concentrate on off-field priorities

To say Josh Brent "retired" from the NFL seems a bit misplaced for a 25-year-old player who spent three mediocre seasons in the NFL and leaves in shame. But either way, the Dallas Cowboys' defensive lineman is done with football as he concentrates on his off-field issues.

Brent is awaiting trial on an intoxicated manslaughter charge following a Dec. 8, 2012 incident that killed teammate and practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown.

To paraphrase a classic Chris Rock bit: Dan Marino retired. Jerry Rice retired. Brian Urlacher retired. Josh Brent, you just quit.

Brent offered a statement, via

“This is the right decision for me, and something that I have given a lot of thought to,” Brent said in a prepared statement. “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."

The other interesting part of this story is that Brent decided to call it a career before the Cowboys ever stepped up and did anything themselves.

Brent not only was arrested following the horrible death of Brown, he recently tested positive for marijuana, violating the terms of his $100,000 bond. The Patriots cut Aaron Hernandez less than two hours after his arrest, which shows it's possible for a NFL team to take a stand before the legal process has played out. More than seven months after Brown's death, the Cowboys were still holding onto Brent.

That's not the Cowboys' problem anymore, however. Brent has quit his NFL career.

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