Markus Paul spent 23 years as a strength and conditioning coach in the NFL, including three years with the Dallas Cowboys, and left behind a lasting legacy. Surrounded by family, he passed away Wednesday at the age of 54, after being hospitalized Tuesday morning.
A beloved member of the football community, Paul will be remembered for his captivating smile, passion for his work and enthusiasm for life.
Forever impacted by Paul's legacy, members of the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL took to social media to pay tribute to him.
My feelings are so hurt... My condolences to the Paul family. Coach Markus was a great man and loved getting us better, you will be missed Coach!— Jourdan Lewis (@JourdanJD) November 26, 2020
It was amazing how many times I would see a clock and it would say 10:32. That meant Markus Paul was with me at that moment. During the course of a tough game, tough day he was by my side. Even though he’s left us I know he will still be by my side. Miss You, Love You MP pic.twitter.com/2StIPmg0wD— Daryl Johnston (@DarylJohnston) November 26, 2020
The loss of Markus Paul is just stunning. Beautiful soul, wonderful person and a leader in every way. Thankful for his presence💔🙏🏻🙏🏻 Impossible to understand.— Brad Sham (@Boys_Vox) November 25, 2020
Man..... rest easy Coach Markus Paul...— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) November 26, 2020
Damn this one hurt! Paul you will be truly missed! Tears in my eyes just thinking about having breakfast with you every morning and conversing about these “Young bucks”. I can hear you in my head now “Tann these young bucks different” lol will forever have you in my 🖤 pic.twitter.com/E47iw5pCYA— Phillip Tanner (@PTanner34) November 25, 2020
Heartbroken we have lost such a Great Man, Markus Paul.— Shaun O'Hara (@ShaunOHara60) November 26, 2020
One of your jobs was to “Weigh Us In” but it was YOU “WEIGHING IN” on us SPIRITUALLY that I will be forever grateful. Thank you for the Spots, the chats & the constant positivity. Praying for the Paul Family 🙏🏻 💙 RIP pic.twitter.com/RK5cjNbQq2
I did not know Markus Paul personally, but feel like I did. It’s that football brotherhood. I played against his Syracuse teams that he was on in college, we played the same position, and that connects us. My heart breaks for his family and loved ones. My deepest condolences.— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) November 26, 2020
I sit here tonight with tears in my eyes, but I know I’m a better man after being associated with Markus Paul for all these years. Gone, but you’ll never be forgotten. My prayers to your family. I know your Mom is waiting for you in heaven. pic.twitter.com/0RshIA812C— Randy Edsall (@RandyEdsall) November 26, 2020
Our prayers of comfort and peace are with his family, the Dallas Cowboys and his many friends across the NFL and beyond. He will be greatly missed.— New York Giants (@Giants) November 26, 2020
Former Bears safety Markus Paul, a longtime NFL strength and conditioning coach, passed away Wednesday at the age of 54. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and to the countless lives he touched.— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 26, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of Markus Paul, who spent two years with us in 2005-06. He was a kind man who made a lasting impact on those fortunate to have crossed his path.— New York Jets (@nyjets) November 26, 2020