Josh Brent
Brent arriving at an event in August 2012.
No. 92     Dallas Cowboys
Nose tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-01-30) January 30, 1988 (age 32)
Place of birth: Tulare, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
College: Illinois
Supplemental Draft: 2010 / Round: 7
Debuted in 2010 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
* Dallas Cowboys ( 2010–present)
Roster status: Reserve/Non-football illness
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Tackles     44
Sacks     1.5
Forced Fumbles     1
Stats at

Joshua Aaron Price-Brent (born January 30, 1988) is an American football nose tackle for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was drafted by Dallas in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Supplemental Draft.

Early yearsEdit

Brent was born in Tulare, California, the son of LaTasha Brent, and grew up in Bloomington, Illinois, where he attended Central Catholic High School. As a junior, he recorded 109 tackles, 31 for losses and six sacks, he also earned All-Area, All-Region and All-State honors. As a senior, he recorded 90 tackles, 19 for losses and eight sacks, he was also named a PrepStar All-American, Chicago Tribune first-team All-State, SuperPrep All-American and Champaign News-Gazette first-team All-State.

Coming out of high school, Brent was ranked the no. 3 in the "Best of the Midwest" by the Detroit Free Press, rated among the Top-100 recruits nationally at 80th and a four-star recruit by and by He also ranked the 11th best player in the Midwest by SuperPrep, as well as the ninth-best defensive tackle and fifth ranked player in the state of Illinois by He was also ranked 13th at defensive tackle in the nation by

While at Central Catholic, Brent was a four-year letterman in basketball and track. As a freshman he made the state finals in the shot put, as a sophomore and junior, he was a state runner-up. He was also a three-time all-state selection in track. He was also teammates with tight end Michael Hoomanawanui.

College careerEdit

Brent attended the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign where he played football for the Fighting Illini.[1] In 2007, as a true freshman, Brent played in 10 games. He recorded eight tackles and 0.5 sacks. In 2008 as a sophomore, he recorded 34 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 10 games with eight starts. In 2009 as a junior, he started all 12 games, recording 29 tackles and three sacks.[citation needed]

Professional careerEdit

Dallas CowboysEdit

After he was ruled academically ineligible to play his senior season, he decided to enter the Supplemental Draft. He was taken in the seventh round by the Dallas Cowboys,[2][3] who had not drafted any players in the supplemental draft since 1995.[4] Brent was later placed on the reserve/non-football illness list after being charged with the death of Jerry Brown.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Brent pleaded guilty to a charge of driving under the influence on June 2, 2009, as a result of an incident from the previous February. He was sentenced to two years probation and 60 days in jail. He was also fined and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.[6]

On December 8, 2012, Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter in Irving, Texas, after a motor vehicle accident in which he was the driver killed his teammate, Jerry Brown.[7] Police documents showed that Brent was driving at least 110 mph and may have been driving as fast as 134 mph right before the crash,[8] on a road where the posted speed limit was 45 mph.[9] Brent later failed a sobriety test and would face 2 to 20 years in prison if convicted.[10] Brent was found by the police pulling out his friend and teammate. Jerry Brown's mother begged the Cowboys to keep Brent as a teammate and not forget him.[citation needed]Josh Brent was invited by teammates to attend the game against the Steelers. Upon hearing how his attending was being perceived by the media and social network sites Brent approached Cowboys staff and excused himself for the second half. He also refused to mention the club he was at to police. That club had 12 Cowboy players there that night.[11] On December 26, 2012, a grand jury indicted Brent on one count of intoxication manslaughter.[12]


  1. "Josh Brent, Dallas Cowboys player, arrested after crash kills teammate Jerry Brown". CBS News. December 8, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  2. "Unga, Price-Brent taken in last round of supplemental draft". 2010-07-15. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
  3. "Bears pick Unga; Price-Brent to Dallas". ESPN. 2010-07-15. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
  5. Associated Press (2012-12-12). "Dallas' Brent on reserve/non-football illness list". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  6. Adam Rittenberg (June 10, 2009). "Brent began sentence June 2". Retrieved 2012-12-09.
  7. MacMahon, Tim; Todd Archer (December 8, 2012). "Josh Brent arrested after accident". Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  8. Police think Josh Brent was driving at least 110 mph before crash, NBC, February 21, 2013
  9. Cowboys' Josh Brent arrested after crash kills teammate Jerry Brown, USA Today, January 7, 2013
  10. Biggs, Brad (2012-12-08). "Josh Brent tried to pull Jerry Brown from his burning Mercedes". Yahoo! Sports.
  12. "Cowboys' Brent indicted in crash killing teammate". CBS News. Retrieved 26 December 2012.

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