Barber hangs up his cleats

Running back Marion Barber has retired from professional football at the age of 28. (JEFF...

Running back Marion Barber has retired from professional football at the age of 28. (JEFF HAYNES/Reuters)

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Chicago Bears running back Marion Barber announced his retirement Friday.

Barber, 28, played for the Dallas Cowboys and the Bears during his seven seasons in the NFL.

After a solid career in Dallas where he rushed for more than 900 yards twice, Barber never got going with Chicago. He carried 114 times for 422 yards last season and started just once. Barber was also vilified for running out of bounds late in regulation, then fumbling in overtime in a 13-10 loss to the Denver Broncos.

The Bears signed former Oakland Raiders running back Michael Bush on Thursday and earlier placed their Franchise Tag on running back Matt Forte. Those moves indicated Chicago did not see a role for Barber going forward.

“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,” Barber told Chicagobears.com.

Barber rushed for 4,780 career yards on 1,156 carries with 53 touchdowns. He also caught 179 career passes for 1,330 yards and six touchdowns.


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