The NFL world suffered even more heartbreak yesterday when it was reported that former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber was found dead in his apartment. He was only 38-years-old.
One man who knew Barber well was former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, who served as an offensive coordinator (and as interim head coach for half a season) during Marion’s time in Big D.
During their time together, Barber seems to have made quite the impression on Garrett, who spoke out about the “rare guy” that the former Pro Bowl running back was. In a long message on Twitter, Garrett talked about Barber’s “relentless spirit” and his ‘selflessness.’ He also used words like “genuine” and “giving” to describe the bruising back.
Here’s Garrett’s full statement:
The news of Barber’s passing comes just days after the NFL lost another one of it’s players, as Cardinals cornerback Jeff Gladney was tragically killed in a car accident on Monday.
It’s been an extremely difficult week for the NFL, as both men were highly-respected individuals throughout the league. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who were hit hard by these tragic losses. Hopefully they’re the last untimely losses that the NFL has to deal with for some time.