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Cowboys DT Josh Brent retires, still charged in crash

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Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent is retiring from the NFL as he awaits trial for the crash that killed his friend and teammate.

The announcement came the day before the Dallas Cowboys were set to arrive in California for the start of training camp.

Brent said in a statement his retirement "is the right decision for me" and "something that I have given a lot of thought to."

"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 said.

Brent, 25, faces trial later this year for the death of teammate Jerry Brown, Jr. in a December automobile wreck.

Authorities believe Brent had been drinking and driving when he crashed his car, killing his friend and teammate. His blood alcohol levels were more than twice the legal limit.

The decision didn't come as a surprise to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who spoke to Brent 20 minutes before his announcement.

"I promised Jerry's mother that we would support Josh in every way we could," Jones said. "We've wanted to - our team's sentiment supports him."

Brent recently spent time in jail due to by testing positive for marijuana while awaiting his trial.

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