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01:25 PM ET 12.09 | The family of Jerry Brown released a statement after the tragic car accident on Saturday that left the Cowboys linebacker dead. "The family of Jerry Brown Jr. wish to express our sincere appreciation for all of your prayers, phone calls, flowers, visits and other acts of kindness shown during the death of our son," the statement reads. "We would also like to send our prayers out to Josh Brent and his family as well. With kindness and love, The Family of Jerry Brown Jr."

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December 9, 2012  01:31 PM ET

Class act to reach out to the fool that killed you son

December 9, 2012  03:37 PM ET

Definitely.

December 10, 2012  01:12 PM ET

While I agree the family is a class act for wishing Brent well I do take offense to calling Brent a fool. Brent and Brown were best friends and both climbed into the car while intoxicated knowing what could happen. It's a tragedy for both young men and their families.

December 10, 2012  07:22 PM ET

Even sadder that Brent already had a DUI record.

 
December 11, 2012  02:59 AM ET

It sucks when a preventable tragedy destroys two lives. While these two may have gotten national attention because of their status as NFL players, it's a story that's repeated far too often all across the country.

There are almost 1.5 million drunk driving arrests every year. More than 50,000 people are killed annually because of alcohol-related car crashes.

I feel for both families, and I hope that they can find peace quickly, and while they can never fully 'recover' from something like this, I hope in time, while not forgetting their loved one, they can at least move on.

But I also hope that this serves as a wake-up call for the many NFL fans all over America. If just one person decides to call a taxi instead of driving drunk, if just one life is saved because of this, I hope both families can take strength from that.

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