Former NFL running back Marion Barber III has died at 38-years-old.
Barber was found dead in his apartment on Wednesday.
The cause of death has yet to be determined.
Police in Frisco, Texas were responding to a welfare concern at Barber’s apartment when they found him.
Barber spent six years as running back for the Dallas Cowboys before retiring after one season with the Chicago Bears.
He was known as a powerful runner, and was given the nickname “Marion the Barbarian” due to his refusal to give up on plays.
Many of his friends and NFL teammates reacted to Marion’s sad passing on social media.
Former Cowboys and Bears RB Marion Barber III has died at the age of 38, the Cowboys said in a statement on Wednesday.
— ESPN (@espn) June 2, 2022
ESPN has more on the passing of Marion Barber III:
Former Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears running back Marion Barber III has died at the age of 38, the Cowboys said in a statement Wednesday.
“We are heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III,” the team 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.”
The cause of Barber’s death is unknown.
BREAKING REPORT: Former Dallas Cowboys Running Back Marion Barber – 38, FOUND DEAD in His Apartment…
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) June 1, 2022
More sad news: Former Dallas running back Marion Barber III, who played seven seasons in the NFL, has died, the Cowboys announced tonight. Barber was 38. pic.twitter.com/RrnaPfNS7r
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 1, 2022
We are saddened to learn of the passing of former Bears RB Marion Barber III. Our hearts go out to his family & friends.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) June 2, 2022
— TMZ (@TMZ) June 2, 2022
Here’s more on Barber’s passing from TMZ:
Former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber III was found dead in his apartment on Wednesday. He was just 38 years old.
Barber — a Pro Bowler in 2007 — was found by Frisco Police, according to the Dallas Star-Telegram. Further information has not been made available.
Friends and fans paid their respect to the former Dallas Cowboy and Chicago Bear on Twitter:
I am truly heartbroken to hear the incredibly sad news of Marion Barber’s passing. He was a rare guy! Marion played the game with such passion! He had a deep-down love for football and it showed in everything that he did!
— Jason Garrett (@JasonGarrett) June 2, 2022
Just awful news. Incredibly sad. Rest In Peace to Marion Barber. All thoughts love and prayers to his loved ones. https://t.co/KzFEf1Zwru
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) June 1, 2022
Marion Barber was one of the toughest running backs I've ever seen. Ugh. This one hurts.
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) June 1, 2022
RIP Marion Barber pic.twitter.com/GB9kE0xqDs
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) June 1, 2022
Cowboys officials remained close to Marion Barber after his playing days. When he was going through troubles, team officials kept in contact with him and offered help if needed. “Once a Cowboy, always a Cowboy,” one team official said a year ago about Barber.
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) June 1, 2022
View: Marion Barber III and I were same age. As fifth graders in 1992, I played for Wayzata and saw up close how he was IN LEAGUE OF HIS OWN. As senior in section title game, he was UNSTOPPABLE for us at Maple Grove.
RIP to Minnesota football legend.
Condolences to Barber family
— Andy Greder (@andygreder) June 2, 2022
Marcus Spears on Marion Barber's passing: "A great teammate and a great due to be around. A warrior on the field. I’m gonna remember MB as my spades partner at times and someone that I would rap real life (stuff) with every once in a while. Rest well, MB, the Barbarian."
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) June 2, 2022