Frisco, Texas – Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning coordinator Marcus Paul, who was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday morning after experiencing a medical emergency, has died, the team announced Wednesday. He was 54 years old.
Surrounded by family, Paul died Wednesday evening at Plano Presbyterian Hospital.
The cause of death was not declared.
“The loss of a family member is a tragedy, and Marcus Paul was a dear and valued member of our family,” Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said in a statement. “He was a pleasant and calming influence in our Mighty Room and the entire Star.
“His passion for his work and his enthusiasm for life earned him a lot of respect and appreciation from all of our players and the entire organization. We extend our love and support to his family in this difficult time. His family and everyone’s Our heart is broken. The people whose lives they touched and made better. “
The Cowboys will recognize and remember Paul before the Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Washington football team at AT&T Stadium.
Paul Cowboy was treated by medical personnel and transported by ambulance to a local hospital before CT at 7:30 AM Tuesday. Coach Mike McCarthy canceled practice on Tuesday, and Wednesday’s session lasted about 75 minutes, which was considered close to normal given the circumstances.
Paul joined the Cowboys as an assistant to Mike Voick in 2018 and was named the strength and conditioning coordinator upon McCarthy’s arrival as coach.
“We extend our love, strength and support to Marcus’s family during this most challenging time of time and ask that their privacy be respected,” McCarthy said in a statement on Wednesday. “Marcus Paul was a leader in this building. He earned the players’ respect and attention because he cared a lot and was an inherently talented communicator – both personally and professionally. He handled every situation, sometimes With a smile. Patting on the back and sometimes with hard love.
“He experienced innate rigor in a job that required that quality, and was praised by his teammates and players in the NFL. He worked with him as a coach and as a friend with him It was a privilege to laugh. Everything in the right way. “
Several Cowboys players took to Twitter to pay tribute to Paul, including linebacker Jaylon Smith and cornerback Jordan Lewis.
Thank you Marcus for being you. Learned a lot from your observation. Servant leader laugh repeating words and jokes. Rest in heaven in peace, love and prayer all affected JIT ~ pic.twitter.com/7hqtgMrNop
– Jaylon Smith (@thejaylonsmith) November 26, 2020
My feelings are very hurt … My condolences to the Paul family. Coach Marcus was a great man and loved us better, you will miss Coach!
– Jordan Lewis (@jordanjedi) November 26, 2020
Paul played defensive roles in the NFL with the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for five years, from 1989 to 1993, after four seasons at Syracuse, where he was a two-time All-American.
The Washington head coaches were teammates with the Bears from 1989–92 before the end of Ron Rivera and Paul River’s playing careers.
“The death of Marcus Paul is a true loss to the NFL community and anyone who had the privilege to know him,” Rivera said. “Marcus was a tremendous teammate during my time as a Chicago Bears and a good friend with me. He was just a great man and will be missed by many. ‘
Paul entered the coaching ranks with the New Orleans Saints in 1998 and then spent five seasons with the staff staff of the New England Patriots from 2000 to 2004 under Woyick. In 2005 and ’06, Paul was director of physical development and head strength and conditioning. Coach for the New York Jets.
He spent 11 seasons as an assistant power coach with the New York Giants before joining the Cowboys.
The Jets expressed condolences on their Twitter account on Wednesday, describing Paul as “a kind man who made a lasting impression on the lucky people who crossed his path.”
The Giants also tweeted about Paul, calling him “a beloved member of our organization for many years” and adding, “he will be sorely missed.”
The Saints said in their statement, “While Marcus’ time in New Orleans was relatively brief nearly two decades ago, he left a lasting legacy as a first family, hardworking man who deeply cared about the players and the NFL’s rich history. “
In 2012, one day before playing the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cowboys experienced the loss of a player when practice-squad linebacker Jerry Brown was killed in a car accident with teammate Josh Brent Driver. The Cowboys displayed Brown’s jersey on their bench and won the game.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.