Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent didn’t hesitate when asked if remembered the last time he played in an NFL game.
“I’m pretty sure it’s almost two years,’’ Brent said Tuesday. “Yeah, it has been exactly two years.’’
Indeed it was.
Brent’s last game was Dec. 2, 2012 _ a 38-33 Cowboys’ victory against the Eagles.
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Less than a week later, he was involved in fatal car crash that killed teammate and best friend Jerry Brown. Brent, who was driving while intoxicated, was deactivated for the final four games of the season.
He sat out all of 2013 while awaiting trail before convicted of vehicular manslaughter in January and sentenced to 10 years probation and 180 days in jail.
There is no doubt Brent misses the game.
“It’s my livelihood, of course I miss it,’’ Brent said
Brent, however, is remaining patient. He has dropped weight and continued to get in shape since returning to practice with the team five weeks ago.
“Five weeks coming in compared now I’m going to be better prepared,” Brent said. “At the same time every player on the team wants to get better day in and day out. It’s the thing I take day by day and try to get better.
“Of course I want to get in there and help our team in any way, shape or form I can, but we also didn’t get to 8-4 by accident. The guys that are in there do a hell of a job from week to week.”