Skip to comments.Former Cowboys running back Robert Newhouse dead at 64
Posted on 07/23/2014 8:53:01 AM PDT by BlueDragon
Former Dallas Cowboys fullback Robert Newhouse, who will be remembered most for throwing a touchdown pass to Golden Richards while running to his left in Super Bowl XII on one of Tom Landrys famous trick plays, died Tuesday night. He was 64.
Newhouse battled health issues since suffering a stroke in 2010.
He spent much of the past year at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., hoping to get a heart transplant.
Newhouse never got strong enough for the transplant before succumbing to heart disease at the Mayo Clinic, his son Rodd Newhouse confirmed Tuesday night.
Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/07/22/5988448/former-cowboys-running-back-robert.html#storylink=cpy
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From the “old days”.... RIP Mr. Newhouse
Sounds like he was a real mess health wise.
Sorry to hear this-—he was one of the best ..and 64 if just too darned young!
There was a rumor that he had to get custom-sized uniform pants because his thighs were bigger than the biggest lineman’s pants.
RIP Robert. You paved the way for Tony Dorsett for quite a number of years.
Isn’t it though? Especially when you think at one time he was in top physical shape in the NFL - hard to imagine someone having heart problems when you remember them as athletes
I make it a point to never think good thoughts about a Cowboy. Just this one time, I’ll make an exception.
RIP...gone too soon from the days of the Cowboys as “America’s Team” with Coach Landry.
Rest in peace Mr. Newhouse. You were a good competitor.
Yet another reminder of how old we’re all getting.
Despite the effort of Denver defensive back Steve Foley (43), wide receiver Golden Richards of Dallas hauls down a touchdown pass from Robert Newhouse in Super Bowl XII -
Newhouse was a part of the Cowboys for so long, unheard of with today’s Free Agency.
I remember that it was said his waist size was 34 and each of his thighs were 34 inches too!
no rumor...his pants were always custom fitted as his thighs were bigger than his waist
RIP Mr Newhouse...it was an honor to watch you work
I don’t know how you could even tackle him.
Yeah a more compact version of Earl Campbell!
As was said when he played; “It’s like trying to tackle a bowling ball.”
I thought that was Don Nottingham, "The Human Bowling Ball."
With the Cowboys, it was too bad that he never was a true blocking fullback, and therefore even with Dorsett, the backfield was never quite as good as the one with Moose Johnston and Emmitt Smith.
On the famous pass play, the Broncos knew the play was coming. Newhouse had a bad habit of not putting in his mouthpiece on passing plays, and, second, he NEVER ran sweeps. So when he got the ball on a sweep without his mouthpiece in, the Broncos immediately knew it was a pass. Richards made an excellent catch---the second superb TD catch that day after the Butch Johnson diving catch (that, under replay, I think would have been disallowed.).
Anyway, thanks Robert Newhouse for countless hours of entertainment as an excellent Cowboy player.
Today it would have been disallowed because he didn't complete the process...but I think according to the rules back then, it was a good catch.
Robert Newhouse is one of the reasons I became a Cowboys fan as a kid. He was the closest thing to Larry Czonka I ever saw.
RIP Human Bowling Ball.
My father and I had season tickets from 1969 to 1982. It was an honor to have seen so many of the greats play in person. Always enjoyed watching Newhouse get the ball. Class act. RIP.
I see my dad..!!
Those were some good years for that team. They had others too, but you got to see Dandy Don, Bob Hayes, Bob Lily...etc, back in the Cotton Bowl days (Big Tex says Howdy (when his shirt is not on fire) then Staubach in Texas Stadium when that venue was brand new. I could be jealous, but prefer to be glad you were able to enjoy that.
I always liked Newhouse. What got to me though, prompting me to post this article here, was this;
"Robert Newhouse was a great teammate and friend. Loved that man. I knew House was sick and going through a tough time, but just like he did running the football, I knew it was going to be hard to let his condition bring him down," former Cowboys great Drew Pearson said in a text to the "He fought a good fight. Just what I would expect from one of the toughest Dallas Cowboys and individuals ever.
What's ironic is that House had a heart of gold, do anything for anyone, and it was a failing heart that finally brought the great #44 down. Sad day."
I do hope and pray that God will take "House" to Himself and keep him there forever.
RIP ‘The House’ He was special—
I knew Robert when he worked for a time-sharing computer time vendor during the off-season. He was a smart, nice guy. RIP
One thing I notice is that there were special bonds between teammates that lasted even after their football years. I doubt there is nearly as much of that today.
The culture has changed for the worse. But I'm fairly sure there some decent guys left, even in pro football.
I also recall the touching story of Everson Walls donating a kidney to Ron Springs.
I forgot all about that one.
Then, it's like they both got robbed, due to a later medical mistake;
But less than eight months after the transplant, Springs lapsed into a coma during an operation to remove a cyst from his arm. He never regained consciousness before dying May 12 at age 54 inside Medical City Dallas Hospital..
At that last above link, there was link to fuller comments by Pearson in regard to Mr. Newhouse;
and a great photo of Newhouse in action. I remember that guy.
That guy was a Human Tank. RIP.
Oh Lord, the Cotton Bowl.
In 1977-1978 I was a Boy Scout who worked as an usher in the Cotton Bowl for Dallas games. What a place and what a time. I even met one of the Baptist Pastors who used to do Saturday Services for the Cowboys so they wouldn’t miss a church service because of Sunday games.
That was Don Nottingham's nickname, while he played for the Dolphins.
Then Wiki is incorrect:
Professional career: Newhouse was drafted in the second round of the 1972 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.
Although he wasn’t very big, he played bigger than his size. Newhouse was built very low to the ground and had enormous leg strength. He thrived on second effort, picking up the nicknames The House and The Human Bowling Ball.
That is a great shot of 44. Football in the mud. LOVE IT!
(My last HS football game was a mudder, a gawd awful mess. We loved it - - both teams. Even the refs were laughing at some of the plays. It was FUN.)
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