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Cowboys say former runner Marion Barber has died at the age of 38

FRISCO, Texas – Marion Barber III, the former Dallas Cowboys runner who is fourth in franchise history with 47 touchdowns, has died, the team reported Wednesday. He was 38 years old.

Barber played last season with Chicago in 2011 after spending his first six years with the Cowboys. He had mental health issues after his career.

Police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco said Wednesday they were conducting a welfare check on an apartment “believed to have been rented” by Barber and were investigating an unattended death there.

The Frisco-based Cowboys said they were “saddened by the tragic death of Marion Barber III.”

“Marion was an old-school, tough football player who ran with the desire to earn every point,” the team said. “He had a passion for the game and a love for his coaches and teammates.”

Barber’s father, Marion Barber Jr., played seven seasons with the New York Jets in the 1980s.

The youngest Barber was third on the Dallas roster for touchdowns before being overtaken in 2021 by two-time NFL racing champion Ezekiel Elliott. Barber finished 53th overall and has never had less than four in any of his seven seasons, though he has never had a 1,000-yard run for the season.

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The former Minnesota player, selected in the fourth round of the Dallas draft in 2005, had 24 touchdowns in 2006-07 despite starting just one game in those two seasons. Barber’s career high was 14 touchdowns in 2006, when he rushed just 654 yards.

Barber had a maximum of 975 yards on the ground and 10 TDs in 2007, when he made his only Pro Bowl. His role and output declined from there, and he had lows in his career in carries, yards and touchdowns in his final year in Dallas in 2010.

Three years after finishing his career, Barber was arrested and taken to a hospital for a mental health assessment. Police in Mansfield, another Dallas suburb, said it was unclear what led to the calls that prompted their response.

Barber and his father played for the Golden Gophers, and the youngest Barber ranks second on the school’s roster with 35 touchdowns.

Barber and Laurence Maroney, selected in the first round of New England in 2006, were the first pair of NCAA defenders to produce two 1,000-yard seasons in consecutive years on the same team. They did it in 2003-04.

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Barber’s younger brothers, Dom Barber and Thomas Barber, also played for the Gophers. Dom Barber spent four years on the defensive side with the Houston Texans.

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Cowboys say former runner Marion Barber has died at the age of 38

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