Jerry Jones: Josh Brent is a changed man

Posted Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014  comments  Print Reprints
A

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

The Cowboys have yet to get word from the league on the possible reinstatement of defensive tackle Josh Brent, but owner Jerry Jones said Monday that he expects to hear something this week.

Jones also said that whenever Brent returns he will be a changed -- and better -- man because of his experiences since being convicted of vehicular manslaughter in the death of teammate Jerry Brown.

In January, Brent was sentenced to 10 years probation and 180 days in jail. He got out 45 days early, spending the final stint in rehab. But Jones said on his radio show on KRLD-FM that the incarceration had a huge impact on Brent regarding discipline and life lessons.

“When you, on Monday, are given a roll of toilet paper, and it’s got to last you until next Monday, that’s a lesson of discipline,” Jones said. “That’s a lesson of life. That’s what happened to Josh. When you have someone next door to you that grabs your plate of food and you weigh 340 pounds, but you don’t mess with him. He just looks at you, because you know that guy doesn’t care if you live or die, that’s a life experience. I think there’s a chance that Josh Brent may come out here and have a perspective that none of us have seen before, especially from Josh.”

Jones doesn’t know what kind of football player Brent will be upon his return. It all depends on his physical conditioning after so much time away. But he acknowledges that Brent was good enough to be a contributor in Dallas before the tragedy and still could help the team’s talent-starved defensive line.

“He’s a strong football player,” Jones said. “If he could really come in and has got his physical conditioning in shape, sooner rather than later on that football field we could really have an asset there. It might not be the same Josh Brent that left the football field, and that one was good enough to play and be a contributor right now for the Dallas Cowboys.”

Jones said Brent may have as a big an influence in the locker room as he does on the field because of his life experiences from jail in terms of showing others what to do as well as displaying his new-found discipline on a daily basis.

Jones even compared Brent’s life-altering experiences to that of defensive tackle Chad Hennings, a former Air Force fighter pilot who flew 45 missions in the Gulf War before becoming winning three Super Bowls with the Cowboys in the 1990s.

“I do know that when someone goes through life-changing experiences, that’s what we like to think football does for young men, but he’s had that experience,” Jones said. “He’s had that experience. He deserved that and some people think he deserved more, but the point is he has been through some eye-opening days. We could really benefit from that as a football team. In a totally and completely different way, and I’m going to make sure everybody understands it is a completely different way, if you understand what I’m saying Chad Hennings joined the Dallas Cowboys and he had actually flown in Desert Storm single-pilot jets. Had actually had a crash in single-pilot jets. Chad Hennings had developed a discipline and developed a work ethic that made him a man among boys, and he was a major contributor technically [and] physically, but boy, was he a contributor being an example of work ethic and an appreciation for the job you’ve got. It’s a shame that all athletes to some degree can’t have some of these life experiences and really have an appreciation for what a great opportunity it is to play in the National Football League. But Josh has had that, I think.”

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?




Friday, October 24Full Scoreboard
Kansas City3Bottom 6th | Box
San Francisco2@theBallpark | TV: FOX
110th World Series, Game Three. Series tied, 1-1.
Full Scoreboard
Friday, October 24Full Scoreboard
Dallas «117Final | Box
Orlando92
New York80Final | Box
Toronto «83
Minnesota1114th Qtr 0:04 | Box
Chicago109TV: CSN-CHI
San Antonio824th Qtr 2:20 | Box
Houston87TV: CSN-HOU, NBA TV
Miami944th Qtr 5:05 | Box
Memphis88TV: Sun Sports
Phoenix473rd Qtr | Box
Utah51
Sacramento81st Qtr 7:50 | Box
LA Lakers7TV: TWC SN, D
Denver 10/24 10:30 PM ET
Golden State TV: CSN-Bay
Portland 10/24 10:30 PM ET
LA Clippers TV: FSN-PT, NBA TV
Full Scoreboard
Week 8Full Scoreboard
Thursday
San Diego21Final | Box
Denver «35Gridiron Replay
Sunday
Detroit 9:30 AM ET
Atlanta TV: FOX
Seattle 1:00 PM ET
Carolina TV: CBS
Baltimore 1:00 PM ET
Cincinnati TV: CBS
Miami 1:00 PM ET
Jacksonville TV: CBS
St. Louis 1:00 PM ET
Kansas City TV: FOX
Chicago 1:00 PM ET
New England TV: FOX
Buffalo 1:00 PM ET
NY Jets TV: CBS
Minnesota 1:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay TV: FOX
Houston 1:00 PM ET
Tennessee TV: CBS
Philadelphia 4:05 PM ET
Arizona TV: FOX
Oakland 4:25 PM ET
Cleveland TV: CBS
Indianapolis 4:25 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: CBS
Green Bay 8:30 PM ET
New Orleans TV: NBC
Monday
Washington 8:30 PM ET
Dallas TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Friday, October 24Full Scoreboard
Dallas «3Final(SO) | Box
New Jersey2
Tampa Bay43rd Prd 11:12 | Box
Winnipeg1TV: SUN, TSN3
Vancouver22nd Prd 12:47 | Box
Colorado2TV: TVA 2, SNE, SNO, SNP, Alt
Carolina02nd Prd | Box
Edmonton0TV: SPSO, SN-W
Columbus01st Prd 14:33 | Box
Anaheim1TV: FSN-OH, FSN-PT
Full Scoreboard