A week after the tragic loss of practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown Jr., the Dallas Cowboys will honor their fallen teammate by sporting “53” decals on all of their helmets this upcoming Sunday when they battle the Pittsburgh Steelers for playoff positioning.
Brown was killed last Saturday in a car accident. Driver and Cowboys teammate Josh Brent, who was a close friend of Brown’s, was charged with intoxicated manslaughter after crashing the car while driving under the influence of alcohol. Blood tests after the accident found that Brent had a blood alcohol level of .18, more than twice the legal limit.
While the legal process takes its course, Brent has been placed on the reserve/non-football injury list, effectively bringing an end to his season.
Despite the painful loss of a teammate, the emotional Cowboys rallied the next day to come away with a crucial 20-19 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Several players were emotionally shaken during pregame warm-ups, but the team pulled together amidst tragedy and came away with a season-saving win.
With a new week upon them and another critical game looming only a day away, the Cowboys will continue to rally behind the loss of Brown. The team requested permission from the NFL front office to don the helmet stickers, which was approved on Friday according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport.
Although Brown won’t be with the Cowboys when the Steelers come to town this weekend, his jersey number will be shown proudly on the back of each and every Dallas player’s helmet.