Marion Barber announced his retirement last week after seven seasons in the NFL, at age 28 and for Jason Garrett, head coach of the Dallas Cowboys--the team with which Barber spent six of his seven seasons in the league--the news came as something of a surprise.
Garrett was asked about Barber over the weekend at a Nike WinForever coaches’ workshop at Cowboys Stadium, and remembered “Marion the Barbarian” fondly.
"I was a little bit surprised. Marion is a heck of a football player," Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. "We're fortunate to coach for so many different reasons, but to be around certain guys and to be able to coach them is probably line one of what we do and Marion Barber is in that category for me.
“I was really fortunate to be around him. Talk about the right kind of guy, he was physical, he was tough, he was passionate, loved to play football and we loved having him on our football team. He really had a very good career, a fourth-round pick who did a lot of great things for us and played last year in Chicago. He was someone I really enjoyed being around and I have a tremendous amount of respect for as a person and as a player.”
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