Former NFL running back Marion Barber was found dead Wednesday by law enforcement officials at his residence in Frisco, Texas.
“[The Dallas Cowboys] told NBC 5 that Barber, 38, was found unresponsive,” NBC DFW reported. “Further details are not yet known and a cause of death has not been provided.”
“Officers are currently out on a welfare concern, but we are unable to provide any further information at this time,” a Frisco police spokesperson said in a statement.
Barber, whose birthday was next week, played seven years in the NFL, making his career with the Cowboys, where he played six seasons.
“He was a Pro Bowler in 2007 after rushing for 975 yards and 10 touchdowns in a season that he didn’t start a game for Dallas, splitting time with Julius Jones,” the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. “Barber finished his career with 4,780 rushing yards and 53 rushing touchdowns.”
The Dallas Cowboys later released a statement on Barber’s passing.
“We are heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III,” the team said in a statement. “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 love for his coaches and teammates,” the statement continued. “Our hearts go out to Marion’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) June 1, 2022
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