Former Cowboys running back Marion Barber found dead in his apartment

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Police in Frisco, Texas, found former Cowboys running back Marion Barber dead in his apartment Wednesday, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

The cause of death is not yet known.

“Officers are currently out on a welfare concern, but we are unable to provide any further information at this time,” a Frisco police spokesperson told Hill.

Barber was 38.

“We are heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III,” the Cowboys said in a statement. “Marion was an old-school, hard-nosed football player who ran with the will to win every down. He had a passion for the game and love for his coaches and teammates. Our hearts go out to Marion’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

The Cowboys made Barber a fourth-round choice in 2005, and he played six of his seven seasons in Dallas. His final season came in Chicago in 2011.

Barber made the Pro Bowl in 2007 when he rushed for a career-best 975 yards and scored 10 rushing touchdowns. He did not start a game that season while splitting time with starter Julius Jones.

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

39 responses to “Former Cowboys running back Marion Barber found dead in his apartment

  1. Wow terrible and sad news. No that long ago he was a beast for the Cowboys. RIP young man

  2. Good player, this is sad news. Feel for the family godspeed to all his loved ones.

  3. This hits hard. I watched every single carry/reception Marion had as a Cowboy, and not one time did he ever go down easy. He made the defense earn each and every tackle. RIP, Mr. Barbarian.

  4. So sad. He was a hell of a player for a few years in Dallas. Always a threat in the red zone.

  5. That was a shock seeing this story. I had him on my fantasy football team every year back in the day. RIP

  6. RIP. He was also part of a great running back duo at Minnesota with Laurence Maroney.

  7. He always seemed like a class guy, I hope he had a good life and will be remembered fondly.

  8. RIP. Barber and Laurence Maroney were an absolute beast of a duo for the Gophers.

  9. Barber played hard and with great intensity. Powerful legs and difficult for a single defender to stop.

  10. Man, that’s a shame. One of his plays I’ll never forget was against the Patriots trying to get out of his own endzone. 5 Patriots must have hit him but he would not go down. He got outta there. RIP.

  11. No bigger comment then an Eagles fan like myself saying how big of a fan I was of him (14 games a year) That man ran like he was possessed. EVERY hard running RB ever since has been compared to his “Angry Runs”..Huge loss, my condolences to the Cowboys his family and friends. RIP young man. Never forgotten.

  12. I’ll remember Marion Barber as a guy who never took a play off,and was very hard to get to the ground. Rest in peace…

  13. I liked him because he reminded me of my favorite Green Bay Packer of all time, Jimmy Taylor. They ran the same, they dished out more than they took. Sorry about this Cowboys fans .

  14. Damn. I’m an Eagles fan but always appreciated this dude’s game. It’s incredibly sad he’s gone at such a young age. RIP.

  15. Very sad has to be something more too the story I hope all details are reviled and the family get closer.

  16. This is incredibly sad. He was a beast. It’s ashamed that before we get facts things like CTE pop in our brain because he was so physical. Praying for his family.

  17. Noooooo terrible news. The mb3 part of my username is homage to him. A tough runner, loved to watch him play. Very sad news

  18. RIP Marion Barber …

    His hard nosed running helped out the Dallas passing game tremendously. He will be missed.

  19. I was at a MNF game in Seattle and I think it was 2005, Cowboys were in town. This guy had a NIGHT running the ball. That was a memorable football game, one of the all-time best Monday nighters in no small part due to this guy. RIP.

  20. Another reminder of how short, finite and unpredictable life is (not that we need anymore remembers). RIP

  21. Rip not a cowboys fan but way to young I bet they find he had cte he ran hard everytime he had the ball

  22. Marion has struggled with Mental Health issues since leaving the game. So sad it got to this point. He is one of my favorite Cowboy players of all time. A true throwback. Total sadness. May you find peace Marion..special place in Cowboy Nation..

  23. Loved watching him play at University of Minnesota….my thoughts and prayers go out to his family #RIPMB3

  24. This guy threw every once of his energy into every play. He obviously really loved football and unfortunately did not have a path thereafter. His passing is tragic because he was alone and very likely felt really hopeless. All of us should be very sad that anyone’s life should end this way. We should reach out to people we suspect are feeling isolated and hopeless. We are all neighbors and we are all together in this thing called life. No man is an island. I hurt for this man!

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