The Dallas Cowboys announced Friday that defensive tackle Josh Brent has retired.
It’s the second time in less than two years that Brent has retired. He also retired in July 2013 before he went to trial for intoxication manslaughter for his drunken-driving accident that took the life of teammate and friend Jerry Brown Jr. in December 2012.
Brent, 27, resumed his playing career last season for the Cowboys. He was reinstated to the league, but had to serve a 10-game suspension.
Brent had been working out on a daily basis at Valley Ranch, however, said in a statement that football simply wasn’t a “top priority” for him anymore.
“It is with careful consideration, much thought and reflection that today I announce my retirement from the NFL,” the statement read. “I have not taken this decision lightly, as my time in the NFL and as a member of the Dallas Cowboys has been the opportunity of a lifetime. Two of the greatest institutions in sports are the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys and I am humbled, honored and blessed to have been a part of both.
“I have made the decision that football isn’t as much of a priority in my life as other things at this time.”
Brent ended up seeing action in only one game, at Chicago in Week 14 in which he had two tackles. He didn’t play the rest of the season as he dealt with injuries.
Brent had been expected to compete for playing time again this season.
“I visited with Josh yesterday, and he decided to retire from the NFL at this point and he’s going to focus on continuing to get his life back in order,” coach Jason Garrett said. “I admire Josh in a lot of ways for coming back from a really significant situation in his life. It’s not easy. He’s worked very hard to find some normalcy in his life at this point, and I think he wants to focus on that right now. We wish him nothing but the best, and we’re here to support him in any way we can.”
Added teammate Nick Hayden: “I was a little surprised by it, but he’s got to do what’s right for him, so I wish him well and just hope the best for him.”
The Cowboys announced other moves along with Brent. They waived linebacker Troy Davis and offensive tackle Donald Hawkins, and also released linebacker Dekoda Watson.
They also formally announced signing 12 undrafted free agents. They are running back Synjyn Days, wide receivers George Farmer, Antwan Goodley, Deontay Greenberry, Nick Harwell, Lucky Whitehead; defensive backs Jason Wilson, Jason Wilson, Ray Vinopal, Joel Ross, tight end Ray Hamilton, quarterback Jameill Shower, and offensive linemen Shane McDermott, and Daniel Quave.
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