Bill Parcells remembers Marion Barber as “almost like a perfect player”

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Bill Parcells was the Cowboys’ head coach when they drafted running back Marion Barber in 2005, and he has nothing but fond memories of coaching Barber.

Barber, who was found dead in his home on Wednesday, played six seasons for the Cowboys and one for the Bears in his NFL career, and Parcells said Barber did everything a coach wants from a running back.

“I hold him in high regard,” Parcells told the Dallas Morning News. “I hate to bring up football now because that’s not important, but he was almost like a perfect player. In this respect, he could run, block, he could catch, he was tough and he was always there. So that’s what I’ll say about him.”

Parcells also called Barber the kind of man he liked having in the locker room.

“I would say I found him to be a very nice, respectful young man,” Parcells said. “And I had a very high regard for him. He was like he could do everything you could ask him to do and he was always there.”

Barber was 38. No cause of death has been determined, but foul play is not suspected.

5 responses to “Bill Parcells remembers Marion Barber as “almost like a perfect player”

  1. I’m a Skins fan and I still loved watching him physically take on tacklers…he was old-school!

  2. He had an 8 yard run from the one yard line, where he broke 7 tackles, and ran around the end zone 40 yards.
    Insane run, short gain, great player.

  3. He was a complete beast on the field and from reports a great person off the field also, RIP young man

  4. Cowboy fan for over 50 yrs, absolutely one of my all time favorites, no doubt in my mind that he probably was well respected around the league during his playing days by his peers, far too young to pass on, Rest in Peace young man

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