In Memory: Cowboys Fave Newhouse Passes At 64
Former Dallas Cowboys fullback Robert Newhouse, the man who threw a 29-yard touchdown to Golden Richards in the win against Denver in Super Bowl XII, died at the age of 64 of heart disease at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He is survived by his wife Nancy and their four children. The Cowboys legend battled diabetes for 14 years and suffered a stroke four years ago.
Cowboys Nation will fondly remember the second-round pick from the University of Houston who spent his entire 12-year career in Dallas from 1972-83. Before Earl Campbell burst onto the scene, football fans marveled at Newhouse’s 44-inch thighs that made him formidable to defenders.
After spending his first three seasons splitting time with the likes of Calvin Hill, Walt Garrison and Charley Young, Newhouse started 13 out of 14 games at fullback in 1975. His 209 carries led the team that year, and his 930 rushing yards and two touchdowns helped Dallas sneak into the playoffs as a wildcard.
It was his best season as a professional. After his rushing yards fell by half in 1976, Dallas traded up to draft Tony Dorsett in 1977. Newhouse would go on to rush for over 700 yards that season, but his numbers kept declining after that as he became a blocker for the new star.
Newhouse’s most memorable moment in Cowboys lore was in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XII in the Louisiana Superdome against Denver. With 7:11 left and at the Broncos' 29, Dallas called a halfback pass. Newhouse swept out to his left and heaved it up for wide receiver Golden Richards. The spiral was tight and the score gave the Cowboys a commanding 27-10 lead.
In Super Bowl XII, Newhouse rushed the ball 14 times for 55 yards, and actually carried the Cowboys running game after Dorsett left the game in the second half with a sprained knee. Until Emmitt Smith’s arrival, the Cowboy who had the most rushing attempts in the Super Bowl was Robert Newhouse with 38.
After his retirement in 1983, Newhouse continued to raise his family and also went back to work for his football family in handling the Cowboys Alumni Affairs, where he spent an additional 17 years with the organization.
In early July 2010, Newhouse suffered a stroke and impairment to his left side of his body. He wore a pacemaker and defibrillator and walked with a cane during his final years.
All-time, the Longview, Texas native ranked fifth in the franchise with 4,784 rushing yards. Mostly used as a role player and Dorsett’s lead blocker, Newhouse never made the Pro Bowl or earned All Pro honors. However, at the University of Houston, Newhouse still holds the records for most rushing yards in a season, most 100-yard games in a season, most 100-yard games for a career, and a myriad of other accomplishments that earned him a place on the University of Houston’s Athletic Honor Roll and The Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame.
"House was a great football player,” NFL Hall of Famer and former Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach told FOX 4 on Tuesday. “Off the field, he was a great man, kind and caring, solid as a rock.''
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