Jerry Brown death could have been prevented with player car service

Jonathan Daniel

The NFLPA maintains a transportation service for players to help prevent accidents like the one that killed Jerry Brown.

The Dallas Cowboys and fans are reeling Saturday following the death of linebacker Jerry Brown. He died in a one-vehicle accident in which his teammate Josh Brent was allegedly drinking and driving. Brent was arrested for intoxication manslaughter. As with any drunk driving accident, this one could have also been easily prevented.

The NFLPA offers a service called "Player Transportation Link," confidential program for all past and present members. Players can call a 24-hour hotline - there's a sticker on the back of each NFLPA membership card with the number - for prearranged transportation service or even an emergency response. Players are responsible for payment and receive a discount through their players association membership.

Player transportation services were previously administered by the NFL. The service was later transferred to the union because of player concerns about confidentiality.

Of course, NFL players are also free to use taxi services or any other kind of transportation available to the public. The Cowboys also provide a player transportation program, according to Mike Freeman of CBS Sports.

The point is, regardless of what option an impaired player chooses, they have alternatives to driving in such a condition.

According to the CDC, there are nearly 30 fatalities each day in the United States because of impaired driving car crashes. Brown, who was expecting his first child, joins the list of names lost to a preventable accident.

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