Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is on record as saying the team would welcome defensive tackle Josh Brent back with open arms if and when he is reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Jones expanded on those thoughts Tuesday in an interview with 105.3 The Fan, discussing what kind of impact Brent could have on the team.
"When you on Monday are given a roll of toilet paper and it's got to last you until next Monday, that's a lesson of discipline," Jones said, per ESPN.com. "That's a lesson of life. That's what happened to Josh.
"When you have someone next door to you that grabs your plate of food and you weigh 340 pounds but you don't mess with him – he just looks at you, because you know that guy doesn't care if you live or die – that's a life experience. I think there's a chance that Josh Brent may come out here and have a perspective that none of us have seen before, especially from Josh."
Brent was sentenced to 180 days in jail after being found guilty of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 car crash that killed his former teammate Jerry Brown. A judge allowed him to serve the final 45 days of his sentence at a drug and alcohol treatment center.
"He's had that [life-changing] experience," Jones said. "He deserved that, and some people think he deserved more, but the point is he has been through some eye-opening days. We could really benefit from that as a football team."
Added Jones: "It's a shame that all athletes to some degree can't have some of these life experiences and really have an appreciation for what a great opportunity it is to play in the National Football League. But Josh has had that, I think."
Jones said he expects to hear from the NFL this week regarding Brent's possible reinstatement, but it may be a little while longer before the 26-year-old is back in a Cowboys uniform.
According to a report by Ed Werder of ESPN.com, league punishment is coming for Brent, and based on information from league sources, he "will not be playing for the Cowboys – or any other team – when the season opens."