Former Cowboys running back Marion Barber, who played last season with the Chicago Bears, has decided to retire.
The Bears made the announcement on Friday.
Barber, 28, played six seasons with the Cowboys. He joined the Bears last season as a backup to Matt Forte. He no longer had a future in Chicago after the Bears signed Michael Bush early this week to be Forte's backup in 2012.
Barber had his best year in 2006 when he scored a league leading 14 touchdowns. He rushed for 975 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2007 when he made the Pro Bowl.
Barber never came close to those numbers again because of injuries and wear and tear on his body from his bulldozing, barbaric style of running.
“I want to thank everyone who helped me become a better player,” Barber told ChicagoBears.com. “I owe a lot to a lot of coaches, and am also very grateful to the owners and organizations I played for. Last but not least, I want to thank the fans for the support and inspiration they gave me.”