By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul has passed away. He was 54.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. He passed away on Wednesday night at Plano Presbyterian Hospital in Plano, Texas.
Paul was rushed to the hospital early Tuesday morning due to a medical emergency. It’s not clear what medical emergency Paul was dealing with that led to his hospital visit.
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The Cowboys canceled practice on Tuesday. Head coach Mike McCarthy’s media availability was also canceled due to the severity of Paul’s illness.
“The loss of a family member is a tragedy, and Markus Paul was a loved 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 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.”
The Cowboys will continue with their Thanksgiving Day tradition of hosting an NFL game despite a death in their family. The Washington Football Team will visit the team on Thursday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Before the game, the Cowboys will honor Paul with a moment of silence.
He came to Texas in 2018 to work with Mike Woicik. However, once McCarthy took over as head coach in January, Paul was promoted to the strength and conditioning coordinator.
Before working for the Cowboys, Paul was a former player with the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He then began a coaching career with the New Orleans Saints in 1998.
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He was a part of five Super Bowl-winning teams.
He also was employed by the New England Patriots, New York Jets, and the New York Giants, before being hired by the Cowboys.
“We extend our love, strength and support to Markus’ family during this most challenging of times and ask that their privacy be respected moving forward,” McCarthy said in a statement Wednesday. “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. 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. It was a privilege to work with him as a coach and laugh with him as a friend. Markus did everything the right way.”
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