The former Dallas Cowboys who backed Marion Barber III have reportedly died of heat stroke.
Barber was drafted by the Cowboys in 2005 and spent six years in Dallas, including his standout 2007 season, which earned him a trip to the Pro Bowl. He ended his career with the Chicago Bears in 2011. The Cowboys remembered Barber as “an old school, tough football player” when news of his death broke.
The Minnesota native was just 6 feet tall, weighed about 220 pounds, and was known to move steadily when his numbers were called. He played the football 1,156 times for 4,780 yards during his NFL career.
In 2019, Barber requested a no contest after damaging two vehicles, according to an NBC affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth. He was sentenced to probation and anger management training. The Star-Telegram reported that Barber had been hospitalized twice for mental evaluations after retiring from football in 2012.
Police found her dead in her Frisco, Texas, apartment during a welfare check. TMZ reports that his thermostat was turned down to 91 degrees. He was believed to have been working in “sauna-like conditions”.