The NFL community mourns a ‘huge loss’ as former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber was found dead in his home in Frisco, Texas on Wednesday
According to ESPN and The Dallas Morning News, Frisco police were asked to conduct a welfare check at an apartment thought to be rented by Barber.
“Frisco Police along with the Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating an unattended death at the location,” spokesperson Joshua Lovell told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Barber’s death has not yet been given a cause or manner of death.
Barber’s death was confirmed by the Cowboys in a Twitter statement, which read “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. Our hearts go out to Marion’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
Marion Barber as a running back
Barber was drafted by the Cowboys in 2005 and made it into Pro Ball in 2007, along with quarterback Tony Romo he helped the team to the playoffs three times. Barber carried for 4,358 yards and 47 rushing touchdowns in six seasons with the Cowboys and was known for his astounding ability to breeze through the field.
His final season in the NFL was spent with the Chicago Bears when he carried for 422 yards and averaged 3.7 yards per carry.
Barber would fall into legal issues after his playing career ended. Following his arrest in 2019 on two minor counts of criminal mischief, he reportedly pled no contest last month. This came from a jogging incident in Frisco in 2018, in which he allegedly damaged two cars.