Former Cowboys LB Brown remembered at funeral

Friends, family, teammates and members of the community filled a
church to say goodbye to former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jerry
Brown Jr.

He was remembered Saturday morning for his religious beliefs,
sense of humor, physical presence and his lifelong desire to play
in the NFL.

His casket was Cowboys grey with the team’s star logo on the
inside. His No. 53 Cowboys framed jersey and pictures from his life
bracketed the casket, along with a signed helmet from the
Indianapolis Colts.

Brown, who was signed to the Dallas practice squad in October
after being cut from Indianapolis, died when the car he was riding
in flipped after hitting a curb. The driver, Josh Brent a teammate
with the Cowboys and at the University of Illinois, has been
charged with intoxication manslaughter.

More than a dozen of his teammates from Illinois and high school
attended the service. The Cowboys, who held a service on Tuesday in
Dallas, will wear a ”53” decal for the remainder of the season to
honor Brown.

”I’m sad, but when I think about Jerry I just think about the
happy Jerry,” said Jason Davis, who helped recruit Brown to play
at the University of Illinois. ”He was so humble. He was so funny.
He was so good at football.”

Brown, who was signed to the Dallas practice squad in October
after Indianapolis cut him, died when the car he was riding in
flipped after hitting a curb early morning Dec. 8. The driver, Josh
Brent a teammate with the Cowboys and at Illinois, has been charged
with intoxication manslaughter.

Brown’s youth coach remembered a player so competitive he never
seemed pleased. He told about approaching Brown after a game the
team handily won and asking the boy why he was crying.

”He’s crying these big ol’ tears and he said, `I. I . I didn’t
touch the ball enough,”’ the coach recalled to a roar of laughter
and nodding heads.

Several relatives chose to speak to a small media gathering
prior to the service. Each said Brown died far earlier than he
should but they trusted it was his time. Many also said they
believed the funeral would help bring closure to the close-knit
family.

Andrea Bosquez was the final person to offer condolences during
the service. She is scheduled to give birth to a daughter, already
named Mya, in February.

”I love you,” she said looking at the casket. ”He was the
love of my life. He was my fiance. He was my best friend.”

The cause of his death was only brought up once in passing,
until the ministers began speaking in the second half of the
funeral. The four who spoke talked about the evil affects alcohol
played in the death but each reminded the gathering that whatever
led to Brown’s death did not diminish the lives involved.

”I have no answer for why this happened,” one said. ”But we
live with the decisions – good, bad or otherwise.”