(KPLR) - A Vashon High School standout football player who was recruited by multiple universities died near Dallas, TX Saturday, the victim of an apparent drunk driving accident.
25-year old Jerry Brown, a member of the Dallas Cowboy's practice squad, was riding in a car driven by his former University of Illinois teammate Joshua Price-Brent. Police believe the driver was speeding and they have charged him with "intoxication manslaughter" in connection with Brown's death.
The 2007 Mercedes Price-Brent was driving struck a curb on a highway outer road and overturned. Brown was rushed to a hospital, but doctors there pronounced him dead. The accident happened at 2:21 am Saturday morning. When police arrived on the scene they found Price-Brent pulling or dragging Brown from the vehicle which was burning.
"Our officers on scene felt as if alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident so Mr. Price-Brent was asked to perform some field sobriety tests," explained Irving, TX Police Department spokesman John Argumaniz.
The spokesman added the vehicle "touched or impacted the outside curb of the service road and flipped over at least one time."
Brown played at the varsity level for four years at Vashon. His football coach Reginald Ferguson said, " He was a kid who stood out right away."
Both the University of Missouri and the University of Illinois recruited Brown. He chose to attend Illinois and that's where he and Price-Brent were teammates.
Saturday night, Ferguson spoke fondly of his player who had called him this spring when he signed with the Indianapolis Colts, his first chance in the NFL. "He was really looking forward to getting an opportunity to play in the NFL so that was his dream and that was something he was working towards," said Ferguson.
The coach said Brown had been let go by the Colts after "tweaking" his knee, but he took it in stride and was picked up by the Cowboys for their practice squad.
"He always carried a good smile, a positive attitude. He always tried to help. Anybody who knew Jerry, he always tried to help and he always smiled," recalled Ferguson.
The owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones issued a statement expressing the teams deepest sympathies to Brown's family and to "all of those who knew him and loved him."
The team will play in Cincinnati on Sunday.
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