The mother of deceased Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown Jr. will have to live with terrible grief for the rest of her life after losing her son. But even in these tragic circumstances, she is focused on forgiveness.
Brown's mother, Stacey Jackson, doesn't want Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent prosecuted after he was charged with intoxication manslaughter following Brown's death in a car accident.
"I've forgiven (Brent), because he has enough on his plate with just reliving the whole thing over and over, and that's going to be for the rest of his life," Jackson told WFAA-TV, via Fox Sports Southwest.
She told Brent at her son's memorial service that it wasn't his fault.
"(Brent) just knew that I was going to blame him, or go off on him or hit him -- but no," Jackson said Friday. "Jerry would frown down on me if I did that, because that's not the way I raised him.
"He wouldn't want you to blame yourself, because both of y'all didn't have seat belt. It was like a little burden lifted off (Brent)."
The compassion shown by Brown's family is extraordinary, considering the circumstances. It might not help Brent's legal case, but it's surely comforting to him in such a dark time.
UPDATE: Brent was on the Cowboys' sideline during Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Brent has been around the Cowboys' facility all week, seeing team doctors and interacting, but this was his first public appearance with the organization since the crash.Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.