The Dallas Cowboys released a statement following the death of Marion Barber lll, stating that they were heartbroken for the loss of their former running back. On Wednesday, Barber was found dead in his apartment. Barber, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL draft, played for the Cowboys until 2010.
"We are heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III," the Cowboys said. "Marion was an old-school, hard-nosed football player who ran with the will to win every down. He had a passion for the game and love for his coaches and teammates.
Our hearts go out to Marion's family and friends during this difficult time."
Barber was found dead in his apartment
The Frisco Police went to Barber's apartment, where the former running back was found dead. "Frisco Police responded to a welfare concern at an apartment believed to be leased by Marion Barber," Police spokesperson Joshua Lovell told the Star-Telegram.
"Frisco Police along with the Collin County Medical Examiner's Office are investigating an unattended death at the location." In 2011, Barber was released by the Cowboys and he signed a two-year deal with the Chicago Bears.
Barber played one season with the Bears, before announcing his retirement from professional football in in 2012 March. "We are saddened to learn of the passing of former Bears RB Marion Barber III," the Bears said in a statement.
"Our hearts go out to his family & friends." The NFL also released a statement following the death of Barber. "The NFL mourns the tragic loss of Marion Barber III and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones," the league said in a statement.
Barber played for seven seasons before retiring. In 2007, Barber made his lone Pro Bowl appearance. Barber finished his career with 4,780 yards and 53 rushing touchdowns.
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