Biography of Marion Barber III, Age, and Networth

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Biography of Marion Barber, Age, and Networth

Biography of Marion Barber, Who was Marion Barber? How old was Marion Barber? What’s Marion Barber’s net worth? We will answer all these questions and more in this article.

Who was Marion Barber III?

Marion Barber III was an American professional football player who was a running back for seven seasons in the National Football League (NFL).

He was born in Plymouth, Minnesota on June 10, 1983 and he died on June 1, 2022, just 9 days to his 39th birthday.

Early Years

Barber attended Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minnesota, and was very outstanding in football, baseball, and track.

He was a SuperPrep and PrepStar All-Midwest and consensus All-State honoree as a senior running back and as a defensive back in football.

In his last season with the Trojans, Barber had 1,778 rushing yards with 18 touchdowns and led his team with 10 interceptions.  Three of these came against Gatorade National Player of the Year and future Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer).

He was an Honorable Mention All-Conference center fielder in baseball and he qualified for the 2001 Minnesota State Class AA Championships in the 100 meters in his first and only track season.

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Career in College

Barber attended University of Minnesota just like his father and he played college football for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The coaches originally wanted him to play safety, but they were very impressed 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.

In his sophmore year,  he joined forces with running back Laurence Maroney to form one of the best running back duos in college football, becoming the first teammates in Division I (NCAA) history to each rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.

Professional Career

Dallas Cowboys (2005–2010)

The Dallas Cowboys selected Barber in the fourth round, with the 109th overall selection, of the 2005 NFL Draft. This was just after he had forgone his senior season of college.

However, Barber was left at the bottom of the depth chart after suffering a toe infection that required surgery.  His opportunity came when an injury to Julius Jones and the ineffectiveness of Anthony Thomas allowed him to emerge, and he responded with 95 yards rushing against Seattle and 127 yards against Arizona. Thanks to his pass-blocking abilities, he earned a solid position as the backup running back for the Cowboys.

In 2006, he found a niche as a third-down rusher and a closer of the game. He emerged as an excellent red-zone running back. His abilities and passion for the game helped him lead the NFC with 14 rushing touchdowns. Again, thanks to his abilities as a power back, he gained a reputation for punishing defenders.

During the 2007 season, he earned the nickname Marion the Barbarian thanks to his power running back style and he was the league leader in breaking tackles, reflecting his personal mantra of “hit or get hit.”

Barber Marion caught 44 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 975 yards on 204 carries and 10 rushing touchdowns with a 4.8 yards-per-carry rushing average.

On May 20, 2008, Barber signed a seven-year deal worth $45 million with the Cowboys and $16 million was guaranteed. However, his career longevity became an issue many started worrying about, as his yards per carry started to drop down. So before becoming a starter, there was already a worry if his running style could shorten his career, with the additional work he had to do.

During the 2009 season, his success was limited due to the emergence of Tashard Choice and Felix Jones, and injury problems. He still managed to play in 15 games despite a torn quadriceps muscle.

Barber had a disappointing 2010 season with the Cowboys team as he only rushed for 374 yards on 113 carries for a 3.3 yard per carry average, the lowest of his career and his 4 rushing touchdowns were also the lowest of his career.

Chicago Bears (2011)

On July 30, 2011, the Chicago Bears signed Barber to a two-year, $5 million contract and he went on to beat out Chester Taylor for the Chicago Bears’ second string running back position after Matt Forte

However, 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 the 2011 season Barber had 422 yards on 114 carries and shortly after that, he announced his retirement from the NFL on March 23, 2012.

This is the biography of Marion Barber

How old was Marion Barber before his death?

Marion Barber was 38 years old before he died. He would have turned 39 on June 10, 2022.

What was Marion Barber III’s net worth?

This biography of Marion Barber will not be complete if we don’t talk about his new worth. According to several sources, before he passed away, Marion Barber’s net worth was 1.5m dollars, though he made more during his playing days.

Personal life

In 2014, shortly after an incident, Barber was detained by the police and given a mental evaluation.

In 2019, Barber was arrested for causing damage to two cars while he was running and was sentenced to one year of probation, 60 hours of community service, and a $2,000 fine in April 2022.


Barber was found dead in his Frisco, Texas apartment on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

Dallas Cowboys released a statement following his death.

“We are heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III,” the statement started.

“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.”

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