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Cowboys Players Honor Strength Coach Markus Paul During Thanksgiving Game

Cause of death pending for longtime NFL player, coach who died Wednesday at 54

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Former players, coaches and friends are remembering Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning head coach Markus Paul who died Wednesday surrounded by family members after being rushed by ambulance from the team's Frisco practice facility Tuesday morning.

Paul was hospitalized overnight before passing Wednesday afternoon. Paul's cause of death is pending.

The Cowboys palyers are wearing MP stickers on the backs of their helmets to honor Paul during their Thanksgiving Day game against Washington.

You may remember in 2016, the NFL wouldn't allow the Cowboys to wear the Arm In Arm decals honoring the five officers killed in downtown Dallas.

Before Thursday's game, the team honored Paul with a video and with a moment of silence.

As word of his death spread, players, coaches and others who knew him shared remembrances online. A sampling of those are below, including a statement from the team, Jerry Jones and head coach Mike McCarthy.

Dak Prescott

DeMarcus Lawrence

Brad Sham

Jaylon Smith

Daryl Johnston

Odell Beckham Jr

Antwaun Woods


Tyrone Crawford

Shaun O'Hara

Blake Jarwin

Jourdan Lewis

Phillip Tanner

Jon Kitna


Kavon Frazier

The Cowboys are scheduled to play the Washington Football Team at 3:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The team plans to memorialize Paul sometime before kickoff.

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