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


His post-playing years were troubled. In 2014, Barber was detained by the police in Mansfield, Texas, also outside Dallas, and hospitalized for a mental health evaluation.

And in accordance with police reports, he was arrested in 2019 on two misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief for incidents that occurred the yr before wherein, while he was out jogging, Barber approached two different cars and struck and damaged them. He pleaded no contest, and his sentence included 12 months of probation.

Last yr, the previous Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant posted a highlight reel of Barber’s plays on Twitter and wrote that “he’s down and out bad … we are only a stat and moments to most individuals.”

On Monday, Bryant wrote on Twitter: “An excessive amount of to digest, a lot too say … That is real life, it will probably be any of us. We’d like one another, we want unity.”

Marion Sylvester Barber III was born on June 10, 1983, in Plymouth, Minn., west of Minneapolis. Like his father, Barber played on the University of Minnesota, where he was a part of a strong 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 round of the 2005 N.F.L. draft.

Football was a family business for the Barbers. Along with his father, Barber’s brothers Thomas and Dominique also played for the University of Minnesota Gophers. Dominique was a defensive back with the N.F.L.’s Houston Texans.

In an announcement on Thursday, P.J. Fleck, the Gophers’ head coach, said, “Marion was the most effective to ever play at Minnesota, and he’s a giant reason many individuals are Gopher fans today.”

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