Markus Paul passes at 54

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Markus Paul, a former NFL defensive back and longtime strength and conditioning coach, has died. He was 54.

Paul, who joined the Cowboys in 2018, suffered a medical emergency at the team facility on Tuesday. The Cowboys canceled practice in response to the incident.

“The loss of a family member is a tragedy, and Markus Paul was a loved and valued member of our family,” owner/G.M. Jerry Jones said in a statement. “He was a pleasant and calming influence in our strength room and throughout The Star. His passion for his work and his enthusiasm for life earned him great respect and admiration from all our players and the entire organization. We offer our love and support to his family in this very difficult time. Our hearts our broken for his family and all of the individuals whose lives he touched and made better.”

“We extend our love, strength and support to Markus’ family during this most challenging of times and ask that their privacy be respected moving forward,” coach Mike McCarthy. “Markus Paul was a leader in this building. He earned the players’ respect and attention because he cared so much and was a naturally gifted communicator — both on the personal and professional levels. He handled every situation, sometimes with a smile and a pat on the back, and sometimes with tough love. He had innate toughness in a job that requires that quality, and he was admired throughout the NFL by his peers and the players he coached. It was a privilege to work with him as a coach and laugh with him as a friend.

“Markus did everything the right way.”

An unspeakable tragedy like this, a sudden and abrupt illness that claims a still-young a vibrant life, becomes even harder to comprehend when it occurs during a holiday week. We mourn with the Cowboys family for Markus Paul, and we extend our condolences to those he loved the most and who loved him the most, his family members.

Markus Paul devoted nearly all of his professional life to the NFL, as a player and then as a coach. From five years on the field to more than 20 helping those on the field be the best they can be, Markus Paul contributed much to the game, and he surely had much, much more that he wanted to contribute in the future. He will be missed, by his family, by his friends, by his colleagues, by the players, and by the game that he loved.

22 responses to “Markus Paul passes at 54

  1. Way too young. Not as mad that he beat my Vikings on Sunday anymore, hopefully he got to really enjoy it.

  2. As a diehard Eagles fan (as if that matters?) I offer my condolences to those who knew and loved Markus Paul.

  3. Condolences to all family members and friends of Mr. Paul, extremely tough to lose someone when so unexpected..

    RIP Mr. Paul

  4. My condolences to the family of Markus Paul. Never easy to say goodbye, even more difficult during the holiday season.

  5. I had never heard of his name until today. I wish I hadn’t heard his name under these circumstances. My condolences to his family. RIP.

  6. What is with all of the thumbs down? What a sick bunch of disgusting people. My regrets and condolences to his family, friends and his teammates.

  7. Life is way too short never take it for granted. Condolences to his friends and family… Some holiday this is.. Terrible

  8. Those are some very nice and thoughtful words that are being said and written about him.
    Must have been a great guy.

  9. Sad times this year for the Dallas Cowboys. He might have passed away doing what he loves at the moment. Work hard play hard. May he rest in peace.

  10. marcaake says:
    November 25, 2020 at 6:58 pm
    Way too young. Not as mad that he beat my Vikings on Sunday anymore, hopefully he got to really enjoy it.

    What it sounds like when sports is allowed to become more important than all things of greater meaning in life.

  11. Played against him in Orlando many, years ago….

    Very, very sad to hear this news.

    Prayers for family.

  12. I saw this on Twitter last night. Such a shame and just before Thanksgiving too. RIEP and condolences to his family, friends and all at the Cowboys. Bear Down in heaven, Markus!

  13. Deepest condolences to the Cowboys nation and Mr.Paul`s Family….From a Washington fan!

  14. Nice tribute, Mike. This truly is an unspeakable loss for Mr. Paul’s loved ones, as well as his football family. In such an uncertain and frankly weird time, this compounds the loss. So many of us are looking forward to a time that resembles what we had prior to the madness of Covid. Mr. Paul won’t get that, Mr. Paul’s family won’t get that. This truly is a heart-wrenching tragedy and let us not forget that this is also a common theme right now. Families are being blind-sided by unspeakable loss daily in our country. For those of us that have been spared from these tragic unexpected losses this year, whatever the cause may be, may we show gratitude for what we have and compassion for what others have lost.

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