The Dallas Cowboys announced Wednesday that head strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul has passed away at the age of 54.
Here’s a statement from Jerry Jones:
“The loss of a family member is a tragedy, and Markus Paul was a loved and valued member of our family. He was a pleasant and calming influence in our strength room and throughout The Star.”
Mike McCarthy issued the following statement:
“He had innate toughness in a job that requires that quality & he was admired throughout the NFL by his peers & the players he coached. It was a privilege to work with him as a coach & laugh with him as a friend. Markus did everything the right way.”
The Cowboys announced head strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul has been hospitalized following a medical emergency this morning.
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) November 24, 2020
The team says the incident occurred a little before 7:30 this morning and Paul received treatment from team medical personnel before being taken to the hospital.
The team was informed at a meeting this morning and told practice would be canceled.
Despite some incorrect reports, Paul is not dead and remains at the hospital.
Paul, 54, was drafted in the fourth round by the Bears out of Syracus in 1989 and played five years in the NFL. He got his start with the Saints as an assistant strength coach in 1998.
Paul had stints with the Patriots, Jets and Giants before joining the Cowboys in 2018. He won five Super Bowls during his career, three with the Patriots and two with the Giants.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Paul’s family and loved ones during this time.