Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning coordinator Markus Paul has died, the team announced Wednesday.
Paul, 54, was rushed to the hospital Tuesday after suffering a medical emergency at the team facility. The Cowboys canceled all team activities after Paul's indicident.
An All-State quarterback and defensive back from the Orlando area, Paul played defensive back at Syracuse and later for the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He entered the NFL's strength ranks in 1998 and remained there over the next two-plus decades. Paul joined the Cowboys organization in 2018 and was promoted to the club's head strength coach by Mike McCarthy ahead of this season.
“The loss of a family member is a tragedy, and Markus Paul was a loved and valued member of our family,” Jerry Jones said.
"We extend our love, strength and support to Markus' family during this most challenging of times," McCarthy said. "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. It was a privilege to work with him as a coach and laugh with him as a friend. Markus did everything the right way."
The Cowboys are scheduled to take the field tomorrow for their annual Thanksgiving Day game against Washington.
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