Former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber died on Wednesday, June 1 at the age of 38, reported the team in which he was a fi
Former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber died on Wednesday, June 1 at the age of 38, reported the team in which he was a figure.
“We are heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber. He was a tough, old-school football player who ran with the will to win every down,” Dallas shared in response to Barber’s death.
His aggressive style of attacking opposing defenses earned him the nickname “Marion the Barbarian” (Marion “The Barbarian”), that way of playing made him a fan favorite of the Lone Star team.
Barber played in the NFL from 2005 to 2011, spending his first six years with the Cowboys, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2005 Draft out of the University of Minnesota.
The running back’s best season in the league was in 2007 when he rushed for 975 yards and had 10 rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns that earned him a Pro Bowl selection.
At the end of the 2010 season, Barber signed with the Chicago Bears, a team with which he spent his final season; he announced his retirement in March 2012.
During seven years in the league, Barber totaled 4,780 rushing yards and 53 touchdowns; through the air he had 1,330 yards and six TD receptions.
“He had a passion for the game, love for his coaches and teammates. Our hearts go out to Marion’s family and friends during this difficult time.“, was read in the complement of the statement shared by the Cowboys.
The Chicago Bears also reacted to the death of their former player from their Twitter account.
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Marion Barber. Our hearts go out to her family and friends at this painful time,” coach Matt Eberflus’ team wrote.
So far the cause of the runner’s death is unknown. Police in Frisco, Texas, said in a statement that they responded to a report at an apartment believed to be rented by Barber.