Dallas Cowboys NT Josh Brent is retiring from the NFL after three seasons to focus on his off-the-field issues. The team made the announcement Thursday afternoon.
“This is the right decision for me, and something that I have given a lot of thought to,” Brent said in a statement.
“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 indicted for intoxication manslaughter charges in December 2012 after the car he was driving flipped and killed friend and teammate Jerry Brown in Irving, Texas, on Dec. 8.
Brent is free on bond while he awaits his trial, he faces 20 years in prison.
In Brent’s three seasons, the 6-2, 320-pound nose tackle played in 39 games (five starts) and recorded 31 tackles and 1½ sacks.