To most spectators, NFL stars seem to have it all with the fame, glory, and wealth that comes with their profession. However, they are not immune from tragedy and death.
Marion Barber, who played Dallas Cowboys, was found dead in his Frisco, Texas, apartment Wednesday, according to the Star-Telegram. The cause of the 38-year-old’s untimely demise has not been determined.
“Frisco Police responded to a welfare concern at an apartment believed to be leased by Marion Barber,” Joshua Lovell, a spokesman for the police department, said. “Frisco Police along with the Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating an unattended death at the location.”
Someone had requested a welfare check after noticing water coming from Barber’s apartment. Police responding to the scene forced their way into the apartment and found Barber was deceased.
“We are heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III,” an official statement from the Dallas Cowboys said Wednesday. “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.”
Barber’s seven-year NFL career included six seasons with the Cowboys between 2005 to 2011. He went to the 2007 Pro Bowl and retired from football in 2012 with 4,780 yards and 53 touchdowns.
There is no information about the cause of his death, though Barber has had mental health and legal trouble since retiring. In 2014, he underwent a mental health evaluation after being detained by police.
In 2019, Barber was arrested for two counts of criminal mischief. The misdemeanor charges were in connection with accusations that Barber had run into and dented two vehicles using just his body.
The death of the former NFL player was a shock though those close to Barber. They knew he’d had a rough time following his retirement, and it’s possible it caught up to him in the end.