11/25 22:12 CST Cowboys assistant Markus Paul dies day after medical event
Cowboys assistant Markus Paul dies day after medical event
FRISCO, Texas (AP) --- Dallas Cowboys strength coach Markus Paul died
Wednesday, a day after being taken to the hospital after experiencing a medical
emergency at the team's facility. He was 54.
The team said the cause of death was pending.
Paul was in his third season with the Cowboys after previous being a strength
and conditioning coach with the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, New
York Jets and 12 seasons with the New York Giants. Paul was part of five Super
Bowl championships, three with the Patriots and two with the Giants.
The former NFL safety played for the Chicago Bears (1989-93) and Tampa Bay
Buccaneers (1993). He played in 71 games with 17 starts over those five
seasons. He was a fourth-round draft pick out of Syracuse, where he was an AP
All-American as a senior in 1998.
"The loss of a family member is a tragedy, and Markus Paul was a loved and
valued member of our family," Dallas owner Jerry Jones said. "He was a pleasant
and calming influence in our strength room."
The Cowboys canceled practice Tuesday after Paul was taken to the hospital. The
team practiced Wednesday, a day before its Thanksgiving game against Washington.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy called it a privilege to work with Paul as a coach
and laugh with him as a friend.
"Markus Paul was a leader in this building. He earned the players respect and
attention because he cared so much and was a naturally gifted communicator ---
both on the personal and professional levels," McCarthy said. "He handled every
situation, sometimes with a smile and a pat on the back, and sometimes with
tough love. He had innate toughness in a job that requires that quality, and he
was admired throughout the NFL by his peers and the players he coached."
Washington head coach Ron Rivera and Paul were teammates with the Bears from
1989-92, before the end of Rivera's playing career.
"The passing of Markus Paul is a true loss to the NFL community and anyone who
had the privilege of knowing him," Rivera said. "Markus was a tremendous
teammate during my time with the Chicago Bears and a good friend to me over the
years. He was just a great man and will be missed by many."
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