Marion Barber III, the former Dallas Cowboys jogging returned who scored plenty of touchdowns without recording a 1,000-yard season, has died, the crew said Wednesday. He changed into 38.
Barber performed a final season with Chicago in 2011 after spending his first six years with the Cowboys. He had troubles with intellectual fitness after his profession.
Police within the Dallas suburb of Frisco said Wednesday they made a welfare check at an apartment “believed to be leased” through Barber and had been investigating an unattended dying there.
The Cowboys, who’ve their headquarters in Frisco, said they were “heartbroken with the aid of the tragic death of Marion Barber III.”
“Marion became an old-faculty, difficult-nosed football player who ran with the need to win each down,” the team said. “He had a passion for the game and love for his coaches and teammates.”
Barber’s father, Marion Barber Jr., played seven seasons with the New York Jets in the 1980s.
The more youthful Barber is fourth on Dallas’ profession list for speeding touchdowns with 47 after getting surpassed in 2021 by way of-time NFL dashing champion Ezekiel Elliott. He completed with fifty-three and never had fewer than 4 in any of his seven seasons.
The former Minnesota player, a fourth-spherical draft pick by using Dallas in 2005, had 24 touchdowns in 2006-07 despite beginning simply one game those two seasons. Barber’s profession excessively turned into 14 TDs in 2006, when he rushed for just 654 yards.
Barber had a career-excessive 975 yards dashing and 10 TDs in 2007 when he made his simplest Pro Bowl. His function and production declined from there, and he had career lows in includes, yards, and touchdowns in his final 12 months in Dallas in 2010.
Three years after his career ended, Barber changed into detained and brought to a medical institution for a mental fitness assessment. Police in Mansfield, some other Dallas suburb, stated it wasn’t clear what caused the calls that brought about their response.
Barber and his father each performed for the Golden Gophers, and the younger Barber is 2d at the school’s profession listing with 35 speeding touchdowns.
Barber and Laurence Maroney, a first-round pick out by way of New England in 2006, have been the primary pair of NCAA backs to supply 1,000-yard seasons in consecutive years on the equal group. They did it in 2003-04.
Barber’s younger brothers, Dom Barber and Thomas Barber, additionally played for the Gophers. Dom Barber spent 4 years as a defensive lower back with the Houston Texans.