Just last Wednesday, November 25th — the day before Thanksgiving — we saw the unfortunate loss of one of the Cowboys’ coaches. Markus Paul was the strength and conditioning coach for the team. He had been in Dallas since 2018, initially starting as an assistant coach. Players and staff loved Paul, and are sad to see his passing.
The loss of Markus Paul came unexpectedly on Wednesday. The team was getting ready for a practice when he reportedly suffered a stroke in the locker room. Most players were just arriving when it happened, but those that had showed early were in the locker room with him. Members of the coaching staff rushed to his aid and helped him until paramedics arrived.
Paul’s stroke came unexpected to everyone. He had no known medical history with them. Many are still coping with his unfortunate loss a week later, and no new head strength and conditioning has been named at this time.
A great career
Though Markus Paul’s life was tragically cut short, we can all agree that he lived a full one. As a coach, he had a career lasting over 20 years. He first began as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for Syracuse, his alma mater, back in 1998. He later went professional and coached under legend Bill Belichick, going to multiple Super Bowls.
Prior to his coaching career, Paul played as a defensive back in college and professionally. He went to school at Syracuse, where he played for his entire time in college. After Syracuse, the Chicago Bears recruited Paul. He played as a defensive back there for 4 years before moving briefly to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
While not the most tumultuous of careers, Markus Paul led a great one with multiple highlights. His players and staff are heartbroken by his passing. While his assistants are sure to be effective, they won’t fill the void left by his passing. His passion for the game, for taking care of his players, and for being a good person was unrivaled.
We at Air Conditioning Dallas are sad to see him go, and wish the entire Cowboys family comfort in such a difficult time.
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