WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday.

Brent, 25, said it was “the right decision for me, and something that I have given a lot of thought to” in a prepared statement, one day prior to the start of Cowboys’ training camp, and in advance of his Sept. 23 trial date. Brent is facing intoxication manslaughter charges in relation to a Dec. 8, 2012 car accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown.

Brent, the driver, had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit at the time of the accident, according to the Dallas Cowboys.

Josh Brent’s statement, via Nick Eatman:

“This is the right decision for me, and something that I have given a lot of thought to. I am at a point where my main focus is all about getting the priorities in my life in order. Those priorities are more important than football. Doing the right things in life are more important than football. I love the game very much. I love my teammates, but this is the right thing for me to do.”

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