Former NFL Star Running Back Marion Barber Found Dead By Police
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 25: Runningback Marion Barber #24 of the Dallas Cowboys rushes the football during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 25, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Cowboys 27-26.
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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.”

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