The Dallas Cowboys lost a family member on Tuesday when former running back Robert Newhouse passed away. Heart disease led to Newhouse’s death at the age of 64.
FOX 4 broke the news after Newhouse’s son, Rodd, reported that his father died at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minneota.
“He fought to the very end, no quit,” said Rodd
Newhouse played for the Cowboys form 1972-1983, helping his team to three Super Bowl appearances and one championship (1977). The 5’10, 209-pound “Human Bowling Ball” retired as the fourth leading rusher in franchise history.
The Cowboys drafted Newhouse with the 35th overall pick in the 1972 NFL Draft out of the University of Houston, where he set several school records and received All-America honors.
“House was a great football player,” former Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach stated following the news of Newhouse’s passing. “Off the field, he was a great man, kind and caring, solid as a rock. He played fullback, tailback, you name it when we needed it.”