Cowboys say former running back Marion Barber dead at 38

Lined Circle
Lined Circle

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

Claire W.

Senior Brand Strategist

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.

“Marion was an old-school, hard-nosed football player who ran with the will to win every 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.

Barber finished with 53 overall and never had fewer than four in any of his seven seasons, even though he never had a 1,000-yard rushing season. 

Marvin S.

Editor at Dwell

Barber’s career high was 14 TDs in 2006, when he rushed for just 654 yards. 

Barber had a career-high 975 yards rushing and 10 TDs in 2007, when he made his only Pro Bowl. 

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