Former Cowboys and Bears Running Back Marion Barber III Has Died at 38

Former Dallas Cowboys running back – and for one year, a Chicago Bears running back – Marion Barber III has been found dead in his Dallas-area apartment. He was just 38 years old.

There are no details at this time on a cause of death or any other surrounding circumstances. Thoughts are with his family, friends, and those who remember his playing days fondly. I was among them, as I remember watching him from college on into the NFL.

Barber was a star in college at Minnesota, and then a long-time Cowboys running back from 2005 to 2010 (Pro Bowler in 2007).  He finished his playing career with the Bears in 2011 at age 28. This story is just so sad.

Per the report, Barber fell on hard times after his retirement, with some mental health and legal issues. His former teammate Dez Bryant posted about Barber’s challenges on Twitter last year:

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