Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent is getting a little help in his efforts to return to the NFL.
Michael Irvin and Nate Newton, former Cowboys with histories of off-field issues, have stepped in to adviser Brent as he attempts the comeback. Irvin served a five-game suspension during the 1996 season after he was charged with felony cocaine possession. Newton somewhat famously served time in prison after being arrested for marijuana possession.
Brent, who retired from the game prior to his trial on intoxication manslaughter charges in 2013, officially filed for reinstatement with the league on Tuesday and will reportedly meet with commissioner Roger Goodell in the coming week.
"All you can do is give him support and try to direct him in the right way," Newton said, per ESPN Dallas. "Let him know that what he's doing is a great thing and can only benefit him and the Cowboys alike. I'm a realist, man. Don't get caught up in, 'We love you.' Get caught up in, 'I've got a second chance. Do I love myself?' That's who you've got to love.
"If you love and respect yourself, then the Cowboys are going to benefit. If you don't love and respect yourself, the first person that's going down is you. For the Cowboys, you're just another story. Unfortunately, it can be a sad story. Or it can be a great story."
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