Marion Barber III, playing bruised, running back for cowboys, dies at 38

His post-game years were hectic. In 2014, Barber was detained by police in Mansfield, Texas, also outside of Dallas, and admitted to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.

And, according to police reports, he was arrested in 2019 on two counts of disorderly conduct for mischief for incidents that happened a year earlier when, while he was jogging, Barber walked up to two different cars, hit them and damaged them. He withdrew from the contest, and his sentence included 12 months’ probation.

Last year, former Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant tweeted a review of Barber’s performances and tweeted that “he’s not doing well…to most people, we’re just stats and moments.”

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

Marion Sylvester Barber III was born on June 10, 1983 in Plymouth, Minnesota, west of Minneapolis. Like his father, Barber played at the University of Minnesota, where he was part of a strong backfield with Lawrence Maroney. Barber ran for 1,196 yards and 1,269 yards in 2003 and 2004.

The Cowboys selected him in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Football was a family business for the Barbers. In addition to their father, Barber’s brothers Thomas and Dominic also played for the University of Minnesota Gophers. Dominic was a quarterback for the NFL’s Houston Texans.

In a statement on Thursday PJ Fleck, Gophers Head Coach said, “Marion was one of the best to ever play in Minnesota and he’s a big reason so many people are Gopher fans today.”