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Monday, December 10, 2012
Brandon Carr’s strong character shines through

By Tim MacMahon

CINCINNATI -- As Brandon Carr left Saturday's burial service for his friend Kasandra Perkins, he saw he had missed several calls from one of his Dallas Cowboys teammates.

Sensing something was wrong, Carr immediately got in touch with injured safety Barry Church, who passed on the horrible news the rest of their teammates had heard just before the Cowboys' plane took off for Cincinnati.

Jerry Brown, a 25-year-old outside linebacker on the Cowboys' practice squad, died early Saturday morning in a single-vehicle accident. Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent, who was driving with his best friend Brown in the passenger seat, was in jail on a second-degree felony charge of intoxication manslaughter.

"I wasn't ready for that," a somber Carr said after Sunday's 20-19 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. "I wasn't expecting it. I didn't believe it, so I called him back again and said, 'What did you just say to me?'"

Less than 24 hours after his conversation with Church, Carr might have played his best game as a Cowboys cornerback, making an interception and long return that set up a touchdown, and helping hold Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green to three catches for 44 yards.

It was certainly Carr's most impressive performance, considering the tragic circumstances.

The spiritual Carr spoke after the victory about realizing how precious life is and living it to the fullest. He hoped his performance might play a small role in the healing process of so many people he knows and others who have been affected by the awful events of the past two weekends.

"That interception was for a lot of heavy hearts, including mine," Carr said. "It's for everybody who's grieving right now."

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