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Former NFL running back Marion Barber died at 38 as police in Frisco, Texas found his body in an apartment following a wellness check. Barber was a star for the Dallas Cowboys in the 2000s. A cause of death has not been announced.
Barber’s life after football was one of struggle, marked by worries about his mental health and encounters with police in the Dallas metro area. Those who mourn him include his former teammate Dez Bryant, who said last summer that he couldn’t enjoy watching the best moments from Barber’s playing days archives, knowing the problems he faced after his career in the NFL.
“RIP Marion Barber God rest your soul”, Bryant said on Twitter. In a video, he urged athletes to look out for themselves, noting the deaths of former NFL players such as Demaryius Thomas and Vincent Jackson – who, like Barber, died in their 30s.
Frisco police were called to an apartment they believed Barber was renting, a department representative told NPR. After officers entered, they found Barber’s body. An investigation into “an unattended death at the scene” is currently underway, in conjunction with the coroner’s office.
During his career, Barber’s fierce running style made him a fan favourite, and his coaches often called him to finish scoring drives, blasting his way through defenders and into the penalty area. goals.
In 2007, his third season, Barber led the Cowboys with 10 touchdowns and earned a Pro Bowl berth, although he was not named a starter for a single game. In the Cowboys’ record books, only three players have scored more than Barber’s 47 rushing touchdowns.
The team released a statement saying they were heartbroken over Barber’s death.
“Marion was a hard-nosed, old-school football player who ran with the will to win every try,” he said. “He had a passion for the game and a love for his coaches and teammates. Our thoughts are with Marion’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
Barber played seven seasons in the NFL, including six with the Cowboys, who drafted him in the fourth round in 2005, and one with the Chicago Bears. He retired after the 2011 season.