Cowboys assistant Markus Paul dies day after medical event

FRISCO, Texas – Dallas Cowboys strength trainer Markus Paul died Wednesday, a day after being taken to hospital following a medical emergency at the team’s facility. He was 54.

The team said the cause of death was pending.

Paul was in his third season with the Cowboys after previously serving as a strength and conditioning coach with the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, New York Jets and 12 seasons with the New York Giants. Paul was part of five Super Bowl championships, three with the Patriots and two with the Giants.

The former NFL safety played for the Chicago Bears (1989-93) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1993). He played in 71 games with 17 starts in those five seasons. He was a fourth-round draft pick from Syracuse, where he was an AP All-American as a senior in 1998.

“The loss of a family member is a tragedy, and Markus Paul was a loved and valued member of our family,” said Dallas owner Jerry Jones. “He was a pleasant and calming influence in our power room.”

The Cowboys canceled training on Tuesday after Paul was taken to hospital. The team practiced Wednesday, one day before the Thanksgiving game against Washington.