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Former Dallas Cowboys CB Reveals His Bone-Chilling Final Encounter With Marion Barber: “He Looked Like He Wasn’t There, Like He Was A Different Person, Like He Couldn’t Function.”

Published 06/14/2022, 1:30 PM EDT

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The death of former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber is among the recent saddening news for NFL fans around the world. Nicknamed ‘Marion The Barbarian’, the Cowboys Nation was in disarray to hear about one of their former players. Recently, one of Barber’s ex-teammates was opening up to describe their latest encounter with him.

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While talking with’s Tyler Dunne about his teammate, former Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman, shares a disturbing encounter. In 2019, Newman reveals he saw Barber walking down the street and was unrecognizable by his appearance. The former Cowboy adds that it was a rainy night, and he was heading to a gas station when he found Marion.


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He states, “I hadn’t seen Marion in a while, but I heard he had fallen on hard times and wasn’t doing too well. So, we talked and exchanged numbers, but I was scared when I saw him. He looked bad. He looked like he wasn’t there, like he was a different person, like he couldn’t function.” It is a concerning assessment from Newman, who admits it was ‘scary‘ to meet the 1-time Pro Bowler in this state.

What did Marion Barber mean for the Dallas Cowboys?

A 2nd generation NFL RB, he was a 7-year veteran famous for his competitive fire and desire to take on any challenge. He was the recipient of high praise from Hall of Fame WR Terrell Owens, who once described him as a ‘barbaric‘ challenging player. His ability to run, block, and the catch was an asset for the Cowboys throughout his stay.

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Even former Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells describes Barber to be almost like a perfect player for him during the 2003-06 season. While he made a slow start to his Cowboys career, he eventually came into his own during his 2nd season with the franchise.


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While recording 654 yards, Barber was leading the NFC in touchdowns with 14 in 2006.


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After retiring in 2011, Barber was living a tough life post his NFL career. Players like Newman were in a state of shock after hearing the news of his untimely passing. Despite his later-year struggles, the Cowboys Nation will remember Barber for his best moments on the field in the white and blue stripes.

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Written by:

Anuj Tazhatuveetil


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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.
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Gurjyot Singh Dadial