Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; A detail of a Dallas Cowboys helmet prior to a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-Dallas Cowboys RB Marion Barber arrested, held for mental observation


For parts of six seasons, Marion Barber held down the running back spot for the Dallas Cowboys before eventually playing a handful of games for the Chicago Bears in 2011.

Barber’s NFL career soon came to an end after that and it doesn’t appear as if all is okay with the former near 1,000 yard rusher as he was arrested in Texas on Sunday, this according to TMZ Sports.

To make matters even worse, Barber is allegedly being held for mental observation.

“According to police records, Barber was arrested just after 8PM on Sunday night — and he’s being held for “mental detention and observation.” Police tell TMZ Sports Barber was taken into custody at his home. However, sources tell us the incident for which Barber was arrested occurred at a nearby church.”

Given the news is still relatively fresh, TMZ isn’t completely aware of what Barber did though it obviously was enough to reportedly get him put in handcuffs and driven to a local police station.

Barber was used a short yardage back with the Cowboys for the vast majority of his career, though at times emerged as a starter due to injury or simply poor play from his teammates.

While the former Minnesota star never eclipsed the thousand yard mark, he did put up multiple seasons where he rushed for over 900 yards and scored double digit touchdowns in two seasons including 14 during the 2006 campaign.

Barber finished his career with nearly 4,800 rushing yards, 59 total touchdowns and 1,330 yards receiving out of the backfield.

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  • IBleedBlue

    Whoa. I wonder if his brutal style of running is going to be the culprit for whatever initiated this incident? Head trauma is the trending worry among current and former NFLers, so it would be a likely reason.

    I always liked the Barbarian. Hope he gets the help this story indicates he might need.

  • Earl Robertson

    Poor guy always seemed a little strange but he gave his all a couple of seasons at least