Former Dallas Cowboys RB Marion Barber found dead. He was 38

Former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber was found dead on Wednesday.  He was 38 years old.

Former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber was found dead on Wednesday. He was 38 years old.

The Dallas Morning News

Former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber was found dead in her apartment by Frisco police on Wednesday, multiple sources said.

The cause of his death is unknown.

But according to a source, police responded to a wellness check at Barber’s apartment because someone had called about a water leak. The police burst in.

“Frisco Police responded to a welfare concern at an apartment allegedly rented by Marion Barber,” police spokesman Joshua Lovell said. “Frisco Police and the Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating an unattended death at the scene.”

Barber was 38 years old. His birthday is June 10.

The Cowboys issued an official statement Wednesday evening: “We are heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III. Marion was a tough-nosed, old-school football player who ran with the will to win every try. 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 years in the NFL, including six for the Cowboys, between 2005 and 2011.

He was a Pro Bowler in 2007 after rushing for 975 yards and 10 touchdowns in a season he didn’t start a game for Dallas, splitting time with Julius Jones.

Barber finished his career with 4,780 rushing yards and 53 rushing touchdowns.

He played the 2011 season with the Chicago Bears.

Barber retired from the NFL before the start of the 2012 season.

Barber’s life has been in freefall since his retirement.

In 2014, Barber was detained by Mansfield Police and taken to hospital for a mental health assessment.

Barber was arrested in 2019 on two counts of criminal mischief in a 2018 incident where he allegedly damaged two cars while racing in Frisco.

According to KXAS Channel 5, both incidents happened in 2018, in which a witness alleged that Barber charged towards their vehicle, causing large dents in the side of their cars.

About a year ago, former Cowboys catcher Dez Bryant wrote on Twitter that he couldn’t even enjoy watching old Barber highlights because he knew he was bad:

“As I watch this video and know exactly how Marion’s barber life is going right now today that’s why I built @personalcorner…I can’t even enjoy it because ‘he’s depressed… we’re just a statistic and times for most people…’ Bryant posted on Twitter.

This story was originally published June 1, 2022 5:22 p.m.

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Clarence E. Hill Jr. has covered the Dallas Cowboys as a writer/columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 1997. That includes just two playoff wins, six coaches and countless controversies since the demise of the teams from the dynasty of the 1990s through the roller coaster years of the Tony Romo era to Jason Garrett’s Cowboys process.


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