Marion Barber dead at 38

FRISCO, Texas (AP) - Marion Barber III, a former Dallas Cowboys who finished fourth in franchise history with 47 fast touchdowns, has died, the team said Wednesday. He is 38 years old.

Barber played one season last year in Chicago in 2011 after his first six years with the Cowboys. He had mental health problems after his career.

Police in the Dallas suburbs of Frisco said on Wednesday that they had carried out a social check of an apartment he thought was rented by Barber and was investigating an untreated death there.

The Cowboys, based in Frisco, say they are "heart broken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III."

"Marion is an eccentric old-school footballer who runs with the will to win every loss," the team said. "He has a passion for the game and a passion for his coaches and teammates."

Barber's father, Marion Barber Jr., played for the New York Jets in the 1980s.

The younger Barber is third on Dallas' career list for a quick landing before moving to two-time NFL champion Ezekiel Elliott in 2021.

Barber finished a total of 53 and had no less than four out of every seven of the seven seasons, even before he had a 1,000-yard rushing season.

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