Accident victims close
Josh Brent and Jerry Brown met in college, forming a close, unshakeable bond. But Brent wasn’t starting on Dallas’ defensive line when the Cowboys kicked off in Cincinnati on Sunday. He was in jail, accused of driving drunk and causing a fatal accident in the Dallas suburb of Irving that killed his best friend.
Brown, 25, an expectant father, had promised his family that he would play professional football full time, his grandmother said. “He lived for football,” Theresa Clark, 63, of St. Louis, said Sunday.
Brent, a 320-pound nose guard, was arrested at the scene of the accident Saturday. He later was charged with intoxication manslaughter after Brown died.
Attorney George Milner complained that Brent’s $500,000 bond was set “16 times higher than it would have been for anybody that doesn’t play for the Dallas Cowboys.”
Bills’ Jackson injured
Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson hurt his right leg in Sunday’s loss to the St. Louis Rams and his status for the rest of the season is uncertain. Jackson was hurt with 5:26 left when two Rams sandwiched the player’s leg on a tackle.
Punter encourages voters
Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe continued his campaign to get punter Ray Guy into the hall of fame by writing “Vote Ray Guy” on his jersey patch commemorating the hall of fame. Players are wearing the patch to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Kluwe wrote the message in protest of the fact that there are no punters in the hall. Kluwe says he knows he will probably get fined for putting the personal message on his jersey. But he feels it’s worth it. Kluwe said “Why am I going to support a hall of fame that doesn’t have a punter in it?”