Josh Brent announces retirement from NFL

Cowboys defensive lineman was driving in alcohol-related fatal crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown last year. Terry McCormick

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With many expecting the Dallas Cowboys to perhaps release defensive tackle Josh Brent, the defensive lineman beat the team to the punch, announcing his retirement on Thursday.

Brent was placed on the reserve/retired list by the Cowboys, meaning the club retains his rights should be attempt to re-enter the NFL.

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

Brent was behind the wheel last Dec. 8 when he crashed his vehicle and teammate Jerry Brown, a practice squad player for the Cowboys, was killed. Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter as he was legally drunk at the time of the crash, according to the police investigation.

Brent was also arrested last month for failing a drug test and having marijuana in his system. A court order freed him from jail on Sunday.

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