Chicago Bears RB Marion Barber has decided to hand up the cleats after this season, announcing on Friday that he has made the decision to retire. Barber, 28, began his career with the Dallas Cowboys. His power running style lent to his nickname, Marion the Barbarian in his early years with the Cowboys.
Despite never rushing for more than 1,000 yards in a single season, Barber did record 28 total touchdowns in two seasons with the Cowboys in 2006 and 2007. However, his running style lent to his body eventually breaking down and his effectiveness becoming greatly diminished over the past few seasons. Playing every game in the 2006 and 2007 seasons, Barber never was able to play a full season for the remainder of his career and only appeared in 11 contests for the Bears last year.
The Bears reached an agreement with free agent RB Michael Bush this week and Barber would likely have been eventually released by Chicago.
Speaking to Chicagobears.com, Barber said, “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.”
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