DALLAS -- For the family of Jerry Brown Jr., the Dallas Cowboys practice squad linebacker killed by teammate and friend Josh Brent in a weekend crash, some of the only comfort comes from the fact Brown was in Dallas chasing his dreams.
"He would tell you right now he was doing what he wanted to do," said Brown's uncle, Ernest Brown.
Brown's mother and father were been flown in by the Cowboys to attend the team memorial Tuesday.
Monday in St. Louis, several relatives sat down to remember what they say was a very special young man.
"He was the one smiling, caring, loving, sharing," Brown's grandmother said.
She takes comfort that not only did Brown make his dream come true by making it to the NFL; he did it in a way that reflected his values.
“He always put God first and made him the head of his life," she said. "I know people are wondering, 'Why isn't she crying?' But I am so proud of my baby. I miss him so much, but I am proud that he went through all the trials and tribulations and he made it… And he lived to see he made it."
Sadly though, it was a promising career and life cut short. Brown was killed in a single-vehicle, rollover wreck.
Brown's father said he had a bad feeling even before the phone call came.
"I felt something wasn't right," he said. He has yet to fully process what happened to his son. "It hasn’t hit me yet."
But he said he has already forgiven Brent, who police say was responsible for the drunk driving crash that killed Brown.
“I’m not mad about him," his father said. "I know that was his best friend, and he's hurting. He's hurting more than I am hurting. But I am hurt, too."
Yet the grieving father said his late son would not have wanted for Josh Brent to go to prison for what happened Friday night.
Brown’s funeral will be in his native St. Louis next Saturday.