Cowboy’s Marion Barber III found dead at 38

Former Dallas Cowboys running back found dead by police

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Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber III (24) runs in for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter of an NFL football game Dec. 25, 2010, in Glendale, Ariz.

Associated Press

FRISCO — Former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber III, who is fourth in franchise history with 47 rushing touchdowns, has died, the team said Wednesday. He was 38.

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

Police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco said Wednesday they made a welfare check at an apartment “believed to be leased” by Barber and were investigating an unattended death there.

The Cowboys, who have their headquarters in Frisco, said they were “heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III.”

Barber, a former Minnesota player, was third on Dallas’ career list for rushing touchdowns before getting passed in 2021 by two-time NFL rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott. He finished with 53 overall and never had fewer than four in any of his seven seasons.

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