Marion Barber III
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Barber during a 2007 regular season game.
|Date of birth:June 10, 1983|
|Place of birth: Plymouth, Minnesota, USA|
|NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 4 / Pick: 109|
|Debuted in 2005 for the Dallas Cowboys|
|Last played in 2011 for the Chicago Bears|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2011
Marion Sylvester Barber III (born June 10, 1983) is a former American football running back in the National Football League. 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[needs simplifying] with the Cowboys. He played for the Chicago Bears in 2011.
College[change | change source]
Barber played college football for Minnesota Golden Gophers. He had 35 rushing touchdowns, one more than his father, Marion Barber Jr. He and Laurence Maroney helped make the Golphers backfield one of the best in the NCAA.
Professional career[change | change source]
Dallas Cowboys[change | change source]
Barber was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 4th round (109 overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. Despite his talent, Barber's career has been harmed by injuries. he never rushed for 1,000 yards or over. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2007 after 204 rushing yards, 975 yards, and 10 touchdowns. He added 44 catches, 282 yards, and two receiving touchdowns in 2007.
Barber was released by Dallas after the 2010 season.
Chicago Bears[change | change source]
Barber was signed by the Chicago Bears as a backup to Matt Forte. His fumble against the Denver Broncos lost the game. In his only season in Chicago, Barber rushed for 442 yards and 6 touchdowns on 114 carries.
Retirement[change | change source]
On March 23, 2012, Barber announced his retirement. “I want to thank everyone who gave me the opportunity to play, and I’m very thankful to have had the chance to suit up for two of the NFL’s most storied organizations,” Barber said on the Bears' team website.