Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter Wednesday for a fiery wreck that killed his teammate and close friend, Jerry Brown.

He faces up to 20 years in prison for a December 2012 wreck after a night of partying with teammates.

Jurors took nine hours over two days to convict Brent, who was led from the courtroom in handcuffs as family members sitting in the gallery sobbed.

Among those sitting with Brent's family was Stacey Jackson, Brown's mother. Jackson didn't respond to questions as she left the courtroom but has said in interviews that she could testify in support of a lighter sentence for Brent when that phase begins Thursday.

Attorneys from both sides remain under a gag order that prevented them from commenting.

Prosecutors alleged the defensive tackle was drunk when he crashed his Mercedes on a suburban Dallas highway, killing Brown.

Seahawks: Richard Sherman, Seattle's All-Pro cornerback, wondered if his swagger might have fit better a few decades earlier when that confidence and an unfiltered tongue was more accepted.

"I studied the old school game more than I studied the new school game, and I play it that way. It rubs a lot of people the wrong way," he said. "Giving a true speech after a game, a true passionate speech is old school football."

Sherman spoke at length for the first time since Sunday's NFC title game win over the 49ers where his postgame comments became the talking point. He's apologized for taking away the spotlight from his teammates.

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