Marion Barber III, Bruising Running Back for Cowboys, Dies at 38

His post-playing years had been troubled. In 2014, Barber was detained by the police in Mansfield, Texas, additionally outdoors Dallas, and hospitalized for a psychological well being analysis.

And in response to police reviews, he was arrested in 2019 on two misdemeanor counts of legal mischief for incidents that occurred the year earlier than wherein, whereas he was out jogging, Barber approached two completely different automobiles and struck and broken them. He pleaded no contest, and his sentence included 12 months of probation.

Last year, the previous Dallas vast receiver Dez Bryant posted a spotlight reel of Barber’s performs on Twitter and wrote that “he’s down and out bad … we are just a stat and moments to most people.”

On Monday, Bryant wrote on Twitter: “Too much to digest, so much too say … This is real life, it can be any of us. We need each other, we need unity.”

Marion Sylvester Barber III was born on June 10, 1983, in Plymouth, Minn., west of Minneapolis. Like his father, Barber performed at the University of Minnesota, the place he was a part of a robust backfield with Laurence Maroney. Barber rushed for 1,196 yards and 1,269 yards in 2003 and 2004.

The Cowboys chosen him within the fourth spherical of the 2005 N.F.L. draft.

Football was a household business for the Barbers. In addition to his father, Barber’s brothers Thomas and Dominique additionally performed for the University of Minnesota (*38*). Dominque was a defensive again with the N.F.L.’s Houston Texans.

In a press release on Thursday, P.J. Fleck, the Gophers’ head coach, stated, “Marion was one of the best to ever play at Minnesota, and he is a big reason many people are Gopher fans today.”

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