Friends, family, teammates and members of the community filled a church to say goodbye to former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown Jr.
He was remembered Saturday morning for his religious beliefs, sense of humor, physical presence and his lifelong desire to play in the NFL.
His casket was Cowboys grey with the team's star logo on the inside. His No. 53 Cowboys framed jersey and pictures from his life bracketed the casket, along with a signed helmet from the Indianapolis Colts.
Brown, who was signed to the Dallas practice squad in October after being cut by Indianapolis, died when the car he was riding in flipped. The driver, Josh Brent, a teammate with the Cowboys and at the University of Illinois, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
More than a dozen teammates from Illinois and high school attended the service. The Cowboys, who held a service Tuesday in Dallas, will wear a "53" decal for the remainder of the season to honor Brown.
"I'm sad, but when I think about Jerry I just think about the happy Jerry," said Jason Davis, who helped recruit Brown to play at Illinois. "He was so humble. He was so funny. He was so good at football."
Several relatives chose to speak to a small media gathering before the service. Each said Brown died far earlier than he should, but they trusted it was his time.
Cousins will start today for Redskins
ESPN reported that the team was informed Saturday that Kirk Cousins will start at quarterback today in place of Robert Griffin III, who is recovering from a sprained knee.
The Redskins face Cleveland, and at 7-6 they are still in the thick of the playoff hunt.
CHIEFS: Receiver Dwayne Bowe was placed on injured reserve with injured ribs, ending his season.
Bowe has 59 catches for 801 yards and three of the Chiefs' eight touchdown catches this season.
JETS: Rex Ryan is "optimistic" Braylon Edwards (hamstring) will play Monday night at Tennessee despite the receiver being listed as questionable.
RAVENS: Linebacker Ray Lewis won't play today against Denver. Lewis has been sidelined since tearing his right triceps Oct. 14 against the Cowboys.
Baltimore hopes to have outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who missed last week's game with a torn biceps.
SAINTS: New Orleans placed safety Malcolm Jenkins and offensive lineman Charles Brown on injured reserve.
SEAHAWKS: Seattle re-signed receiver Deon Butler and placed receiver Charly Martin on injured reserve because of a calf injury.