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Marion Barber III, an NFL running back known for his bruising style of gaining yards, died yesterday. He was 38 years old.

ESPN reported that Barber was found in what police believe to be his own apartment in Frisco, Tex. They went there in response to a “welfare concern” and discovered a deceased man inside the apartment. No cause of death has been determined, and it’s unclear who made the call to request a welfare check or what prompted it.

Barber, nicknamed “Marion the Barbarian” for the way he could punish defenders or get rid of them video game-style, was drafted in 2005 by the Dallas Cowboys. Over a seven-year career, he played in 99 games, starting 42. He rushed for 4,780 yards and scored 53 touchdowns, according to Pro Football Reference. He retired after the 2011 season when he played in 11 games, but started only one, for the Chicago Bears.

While he had a knack for making big plays and scoring runs, his unique ability as a runner was perhaps best captured in a two-yard run against the New England Patriots in 2007.

Barber is among several NFL players or coaches who have died recently. Arizona Cardinals defensive back Jeff Gladney was killed in a car accident on May 30 at the age of 25. And the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins is dead on April 9 after being struck by a pickup truck while walking along a highway in South Florida. Haskins’ wife said he went looking for gas after his car ran out of gas; he was 24 years old.

The next day, former Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Gary Brown died of cancer at the age of 52. Brown also played for the former NFL franchise Houston Oilers as well as the New York Giants.

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