Celebrating the much-awaited victory against Vikings on Sunday turned out to be short-lived for Cowboys as they have lost their head strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul, who breathed his last, aged only 54 years.
Markus Paul collapsed in Cowboys weight room on Wednesday
While the cause of the untimely death of Paul remains undisclosed, it was revealed that the coach suddenly collapsed in the Cowboys weight room around 7:30 on Wednesday morning and was transported to Plano Presbyterian Hospital, where he passed away in the evening.
“The loss of a family member is a tragedy, and Markus Paul was a loved and valued member of our family,” said Jerry Jones, Cowboys GM and owner following the unfortunate news, “he was a pleasant and calming influence in our strength room and throughout The Star.”
“His passion for his work and his enthusiasm for life earned him great respect and admiration from all our players and the entire organization. We offer our love and support to his family in this very difficult time. Our hearts are broken for his family and all of the individuals whose lives he touched and made better,” Jones added.
Sending our deepest sympathies to the family & friends of Markus Paul. The Dallas Cowboys strength & conditioning coach passed away Wednesday at the age of 54.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 26, 2020
Cowboys to remember Markus Paul before Washington game
Markus Paul, who previously worked with the Giants for 12 seasons, as well as stints with Saints, Patriots and Jets joined Cowboys in 2018 and was on his third season with the team who have decided to tribute and remember Paul before they host Washington tomorrow.
During his coaching career, he was involved in five Super Bowl wins, thrice with the Patriots and twice with the Giants.
“The organization extends its prayers and support to the Paul family, and the team will recognize and remember Markus, a valued and loved member of the Cowboys Family, prior to the Thanksgiving Day game tomorrow afternoon,” an official statement from the Cowboys read.
A 4th round 1989 draft pick from Syracuse, Markus Paul played as a safety and was with the Bears for four seasons from 1989 to 1993, the same year when he also donned the Buccaneers shirt. He made 71 NFL appearances, starting in 17 of them.