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.”