The Cowboys have a pragmatic reason to be glad that defensive tackle Josh Brent has been reinstated and can come back later this year.
But no one seems happier for Brent than the mother Jerry Brown, the teammate who was killed in Brent’s drunk driving crash nearly two years ago.
Stacey Jackson told Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News that she was “very happy” Brent was getting a second chance.
“I’m very happy Josh has been reinstated with the Dallas Cowboys!” Jackson said. “My beautiful son is in Heaven now, and Josh has to be given a chance to live his life and do something for someone else! We all make mistakes, and we all have an entrance date and an exit day. Although I miss Jerry every day, I know he would be very happy that Josh has another chance to play football!”
Brent will miss the first 10 games, but can be reinstated if he follows a strict set of conditions. He hasn’t played since Dec. 2, 2012, the week before he crashed his car doing 110 mph with a blood alcohol level of 0.18 percent, a crash which claimed the life of the practice squad linebacker and former Illinois teammate.
“Josh doesn’t have to answer to you or me. He has to answer to God, about what he has done with his second chance,” Jackson said. “Who has he helped with this opportunity that he has been given! I have to answer to why I didn’t forgive him and live out my life with taking care of my family.”
Jackson’s forgiveness throughout has been one of the more compelling reasons to give Brent another chance, as there’s no one who would have as much reason to see him punished to this day.