Marion Barber III

Marion Barber III
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American football player Marion Barber Barber with the Cowboys in 2007 No. 24 Position: Running back Personal information Born: (1983-06-10)June 10, 1983Plymouth, Minnesota Died: June 1, 2022(2022-06-01) (aged 38)Frisco, Texas Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 221 lb (100 kg) Career information High school: Plymouth (MN) Wayzata College: Minnesota NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 4 / Pick: 109 Career history Dallas Cowboys (2005–2010) Chicago Bears (2011) Career highlights and awards Pro Bowl (2007) Career NFL statistics Rushing attempts: 1,156 Rushing yards: 4,780 Rushing touchdowns: 53 Receptions: 179 Receiving yards: 1,330 Receiving touchdowns: 6 Player stats at · PFR

Marion Sylvester Barber III (June 10, 1983 – June 1, 2022) was an American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons. After playing college football for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007 during his six-year tenure with the Cowboys. He played for the Chicago Bears in 2011.

He was the older brother of former Houston Texans safety Dominique Barber and Minnesota Golden Gophers linebacker Thomas Barber,[1] and the son of former New York Jets running back Marion Barber Jr. He was also a cousin of Peyton Barber.

Contents 1 Early years 2 College career 3 Professional career 3.1 2005 NFL Combine 3.2 Dallas Cowboys (2005–2010) 3.3 Chicago Bears (2011) 3.4 Career statistics 4 Personal life 5 Death 6 References 7 External links Early years[edit]

Barber attended Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minnesota,[2] and was a standout in football, baseball and track. In football, he was a SuperPrep and PrepStar All-Midwest and consensus All-State honoree as a senior running back and as a defensive back. During his last season with the Trojans, he amassed 1,778 rushing yards with 18 touchdowns and led his team with 10 interceptions (3 of which came against Gatorade National Player of the Year and future Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer).[3] In baseball, he was an Honorable Mention All-Conference center fielder. In his first and only track season, Barber qualified for the 2001 Minnesota State Class AA Championships in the 100 meters. He finished the season with a 100m time of 10.9 seconds.[4]

College career[edit]

Like his father, Barber attended University of Minnesota where he played college football for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The coaches originally wanted him to play safety, but after seeing him run, they kept him at running back where he ranks fourth on the school’s all-time rushing list with 3,276 yards, second with 4,495 all-purpose yards and second in rushing touchdowns with 35, one better than his father, Marion Barber Jr. He also teamed up since his sophomore year with running back Laurence Maroney to form one of the best duo backs in college football, becoming the first teammates in Division I (NCAA) history to each rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.[5] He was an All-Big Ten Conference selection in 2003 as a redshirt sophomore.[6]

Professional career[edit] 2005 NFL Combine[edit] Pre-draft measurables Height Weight 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press 5 ft 11+3⁄8 in(1.81 m) 221 lb(100 kg) 4.49 s 4.17 s 40 in(1.02 m) 10 ft 7 in(3.23 m) 20 reps All values from Central Florida Pro Day.[7] Dallas Cowboys (2005–2010)[edit]

After forgoing his senior season of college, the Dallas Cowboys selected Barber in the fourth round, with the 109th overall selection, of the 2005 NFL Draft.[8] A toe infection that required surgery and some preseason fumbles left him at the bottom of the depth chart. An injury to Julius Jones and the ineffectiveness of Anthony Thomas allowed Barber to emerge, and he responded with 95 yards rushing against Seattle and 127 yards against Arizona. Along with his pass-blocking and special teams abilities, this solidified his position as the backup running back for the Cowboys.

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Barber at the 2008 NFL Pro Bowl

Although he was the backup to Julius Jones in 2006, Barber found a niche as a third-down rusher and a closer of games, emerging as an excellent red-zone running back. He led the NFC with 14 rushing touchdowns in 2006 and was the first non-placekicker since 2000, to lead the Cowboys in scoring (96 points). He also displayed his ability as a power back, gaining a reputation for punishing defenders.

During the 2007 season, Barber’s power running back style earned him the nickname ‘The Barbarian'[9] and he was the league leader in breaking tackles, reflecting his personal mantra of ‘hit or get hit.’ Barber rushed for 975 yards on 204 carries and 10 rushing touchdowns with a 4.8 yards-per-carry rushing average. He caught 44 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns.

On December 18, 2007, he was named to his first Pro Bowl despite officially being a backup.[10] Barber received the start in the divisional playoff loss to the New York Giants.[11]

Dallas offered Barber, now as a starter, the highest tender as a restricted free agent in 2008. On May 20, 2008, he signed a seven-year deal, $45 million with the Cowboys with $16 million guaranteed.[12] Before becoming a starter, there was already a worry if his running style could shorten his career, with the additional work, his career longevity was discussed more often, as his yards per carry started to drop down.

In 2009, the emergence of Tashard Choice and Felix Jones, and injury problems limited his success during the 2009 season. However, he played in 15 games despite a torn quadriceps muscle.[13] Barber had a disappointing 2010 season as the entire Cowboys team struggled from game one. In 13 games Barber rushed for 374 yards on 113 carries for a 3.3 yard per carry average, the lowest of his career. His 4 rushing touchdowns were also the lowest of his career.

Chicago Bears (2011)[edit]

Barber was released by Dallas on July 28, 2011.[14] On July 30, 2011, the Chicago Bears signed Barber to a two-year, $5 million contract.[15] Barber beat out Chester Taylor for the Chicago Bears’ second string running back position after Matt Forte.[16]

On August 27 in the third pre-season game, Barber hurt his calf muscle and missed the first three games of the regular season due to the injury. In Week 14 against the Denver Broncos, replacing an injured Forte, Barber scored a touchdown and had his first 100-yard game since 2009 after suffering a muscle injury.

In the 2011 season Barber had 422 yards on 114 carries. Following the 2011 season, Barber announced his retirement from the NFL on March 23, 2012.[17]

Career statistics[edit] General Rushing Receiving Fumbles Year Team GP GS Att Yards Avg Lng TD Rec Yards Avg Lng TD Fum Lost 2005 DAL 13 2 138 538 3.9 28 5 18 115 6.4 21 0 3 0 2006 DAL 16 1 135 654 4.8 25 14 23 196 8.5 26 2 0 0 2007 DAL 16 0 204 975 4.8 54 10 44 282 6.4 29 2 3 0 2008 DAL 15 13 238 885 3.7 35 7 52 417 8.0 70 2 7 3 2009 DAL 15 15 214 932 4.4 35 7 26 221 8.5 42 0 2 2 2010 DAL 13 10 113 374 3.3 25 4 11 49 4.5 15 0 0 0 2011 CHI 11 1 114 422 3.7 29 6 5 50 10 16 0 1 1 Career 99 42 1,156 4,780 4.1 54 53 179 1,330 7.4 70 6 16 6 Personal life[edit]

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In 2014, Barber was detained by police and given a mental evaluation following an incident.[18]

In 2019, Barber was arrested on two counts of criminal mischief for causing damage to two cars while he was running. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to one year of probation, 60 hours of community service, and a $2,000 fine in April 2022.[19]


Barber was found dead in his Frisco, Texas, apartment on June 1, 2022, nine days before his 39th birthday.[20]

References[edit] ^ Greder, Andy. ‘Gophers’ cornerback ranks become thinner’. Retrieved June 1, 2022. ^ ‘4 Feb 2001, Page 59 – Star Tribune at’. February 4, 2001. Retrieved June 1, 2022. ^ ‘Marion Barber, TB, Minnesota’. USA Today. May 18, 2005. ^ ‘Mshsl Boys’ Class Aa Championships’. Retrieved June 1, 2022. ^ by WNUR Sports (October 15, 2013). ‘Maroney and Barber: The Best College Running Back Duo of the 21st Century?’. WNUR Sports. Retrieved June 1, 2022. ^ ^ ‘2005 NFL Combine Results’. ^ ‘2005 NFL Draft Listing’. ^ ’21 Sep 2007, A26 – The Monitor at’. September 21, 2007. Retrieved June 1, 2022. ^ ‘2008 Pro Bowl rosters’. ^ ESPN – Dallas’ Barber to start at running back against Giants – NFL ^ ’21 May 2008, 33 – Fort Worth Star-Telegram at’. May 21, 2008. Retrieved June 1, 2022. ^ Barber Suffered Torn Quad in Week 2 ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (July 28, 2011). ‘Release Tracker’. Pro Football Talk. Retrieved July 29, 2011. ^ McClure, Vaughn (July 30, 2011). ‘Bears add former Cowboys RB Barber’. Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved July 30, 2011. ^ ‘4 Sep 2011, Page 43 – The Los Angeles Times at’. September 4, 2011. Retrieved June 1, 2022. ^ McClure, Vaughn (March 23, 2012). ‘Bears running back Marion Barber retires’. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 12, 2012. ^ ‘Marion Barber Detained by Police, Given Mental Evaluation Sunday Night – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth’. Retrieved June 2, 2022. ^ ‘Marion Barber III Pleads ‘No Contest’ Following 2019 Arrest – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth’. April 26, 2022. Retrieved June 2, 2022. ^ ‘Former Dallas Cowboys RB Marion Barber found dead in his apartment by Frisco police’. External links[edit] Official website Wikimedia Commons has media related to Marion Barber III. v t e Dallas Cowboys 2005 NFL draft selections DeMarcus Ware Marcus Spears Kevin Burnett Marion Barber Chris Canty Justin Beriault Rob Petitti Jeremiah Ratliff Retrieved from ‘’ Categories: 1983 births 2022 deaths People from Plymouth, Minnesota Players of American football from Minnesota American football running backs Minnesota Golden Gophers football players Dallas Cowboys players Chicago Bears players National Conference Pro Bowl players Sportspeople from the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area Hidden categories: Articles with short description Short description is different from Wikidata Use mdy dates from October 2020 NFL player missing current team parameter Infobox NFL biography articles missing alt text Infobox NFL biography articles with old URL Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia Commons category link from Wikidata

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