Will Yoder
Friday March 23rd, 2012

Chicago Bears running back Marion Barber has decided to hang up his cleats after seven years in the NFL, according to ProfootballTalk.

“I want to thank everyone who helped me become a better player,” Barber told Bears' official website. “I owe a lot to a lot of coaches, and am also very grateful to the owners and organizations I played for. Last but not least, I want to thank the fans for the support and inspiration they gave me.”

Barber was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2005, where he spent six of his seven seasons in the NFL.  He had his best performance in 2007 when he carried 204 times for 975 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. He was picked-up by the Bears in 2011 where he recorded 114 carries for 422 yards and scored six touchdowns. However, he will be most remembered for two crucial mistakes he made last season that allowed the Broncos to make a comeback and win 13-10 in overtime, costing the team a playoff spot.

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