Marion Barber III, who was a former Dallas Cowboys running back and was fourth in franchise history with touchdowns 47 passed away as announced by the team. He was only 38 and was found dead at his home in Frisco, Texas.
Frisco Police Department’s Investigation
A welfare check at the apartment which is believed to be rented by Barber has been conducted by the officers as per the Frisco Police department.
RIP Marion Barber pic.twitter.com/GB9kE0xqDs
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) June 1, 2022
“Frisco Police along with the Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating an unattended death at the location,” spokesperson Joshua Lovell told in a statement. The manner and cause of death of Marion Barber are yet to be released.
Statement Posted by Cowboys
The Cowboys confirmed the death of Barber through a statement which was posted on Twitter. The statement read: “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 a love for his coaches and teammates. Our hearts go out to Marion’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) June 1, 2022
The National Football League also paid their tribute to Barber by posting on Twitter and writing “The NFL mourns the tragic loss of Marion Barber III and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”
The NFL mourns the tragic loss of Marion Barber III and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/NzP9jVeTyp
— NFL (@NFL) June 2, 2022
The Chicago Bears also sent their condolences to his family in these tough times.
Marion Barber’s Death
It still remains unclear what resulted in Marion’s death, but one of the reports states that the Frisco, Texas Police were requested a welfare check at his apartment on Wednesday as someone in the building has complained of a water leak coming from Barber’s apartment.
Owing to the welfare check the police forced into the apartment and found Barber dead. The cause of the death is being investigated along with the Collin Country Medical Examiner’s Office.
Barber and his Football Career
Barber came from a family which loved football, with his father, Marion Jr. and his brother Dominique also being a part of the NFL. Thomas, his younger brother also played for the University of Minnesota. Barber did not have any partners or kids.
Marion initiated his football career at the University of Minnesota as a running back before she joined the Cowboys in the 2005-2006 season as a fourth-round pick. Barber then continued to play for 7 seasons in the NFL, which included 6 for the Cowboys between the years 2005 and 2011 and one season in which he played for Chicago Bears.
Marion Barber scored 28 touchdowns from 2006 to 2007 and started one total game.
He was so, so good at finding the end zone.
One of the best short-yardage running backs in NFL history.
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) June 2, 2022
Barber retired from his football career in 2012 before the season initiated and over his career Barber was able to earn 4780 rushing yards and 53 rushing touchdowns. Barber’s running style gave him the nickname “Marion the Barbarian.”
Former Cowboys RB Marion Barber III, who played 7 seasons in the NFL, has passed away, per the @dallascowboys.
Rest in Peace, Marion. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/9NVUGY23mq
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) June 1, 2022
The death of their fellow player sent the players into emotional turmoil and they remembered him and shared their thoughts.
‘His physical style and relentless spirit were infectious,’ former Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett tweeted.”
“Say it’s a sweep to one side, and you get hit and there’s nothing there, and you’d be like “go down deep, reverse the field,” six guys would tackle him, and he’d shake them off. It was incredible”