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.
Former Dallas Cowboys RB Marion Barber found dead in his apartment by Frisco police https://t.co/Y0ACGZXDYs
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) June 1, 2022
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:
As I watch this video and me knowing exactly how Marion barber life is going right now today is why I built @personalcorner …. I can’t even enjoy it because he’s down and out bad…we are just a stat and moments to most people… https://t.co/V5oKxdAzOZ
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) July 15, 2021