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Old 07-23-2014, 11:21 AM   #1
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Tip of the hat for an Old School Cowboy. Another one gone too young.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Robert Newhouse dies at 64
By Jean-Jacques Taylor
ESPNDallas.com

Robert Newhouse, responsible for one of the most iconic plays in Dallas Cowboys history, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 64.

Rodd Newhouse told Minneapolis TV station KMSP-TV that his father was surrounded by his wife and four children at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, when he died from the effects of heart disease.

Newhouse had been in declining health since suffering a stroke in 2010.

Newhouse, a Longview, Texas, native, played fullback for the Cowboys from 1972 to '83.

He helped Tom Landry win his second Super Bowl with a memorable play against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl X.

With about seven minutes left, Newhouse took a handoff from Roger Staubach and headed left. Suddenly, he pulled up and lofted a pass to receiver Golden Richards just over the outstretched arm of a Denver defender to give the Cowboys their final points in a 27-10 victory.

"The thing I remember most is for that halfback option play we ran against Denver," former Cowboys player personnel director Gil Brandt said. "We ran it going left, and it's a lot harder to go left than right. During the week they must've practiced the play 10 times, and he never completed it. And that was going right. Here it is going left, and he completed it."

Before spending several seasons as Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett's lead blocker, Newhouse -- equipped with 44-inch thighs -- was one of the focal points of the Cowboys' offense.

He gained a career-high 930 yards with a 4.4 average and two touchdowns in 1975. Newhouse finished his career with 4,784 yards, a 4.1 average and 31 touchdowns. He is fifth on the Cowboys' all-time rushing list.

"He led our team in rushing in '75, and he would've been a great back in a one-back system because he was such a strong runner," Brandt said. "He would be that guy who could move the chains, running inside. He could run outside."

After his career, Newhouse spent several years with the Cowboys working in the player-relations department, where he worked closely with players in a variety of roles in their off-the-field lives.

"He had no airs about him at all -- just a genuine, wonderful, really top-flight man," Brandt said. "I don't know that he was ever late to anything. The guy was just a really model citizen."
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Old 07-23-2014, 01:11 PM   #2
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He was before my time, but it's always sad to see someone pass away before they're old.
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He was certainly on my radar as a youth. One of the early Cowboys heroes. Sad to see him go.
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Very sad.. one of my favorite Cowboys from my earliest football memories.
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always liked the guys who did the dirty work in any sport. The heavy lifting of being the lead blocker for some great runningbacks was under appreciated by many. Class guy - got to meet him once at a fan event at what was then Sanger-Harris.
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What Charlie Waters knows about that Robert Newhouse TD pass in Super Bowl XII that you don’t

Charlie Waters heard the news Monday night that his friend and former teammate had died.

His time since then has focused on the qualities that made Robert Newhouse special, the memories of their days together with the Cowboys and that pass in the Super Bowl.

“I’ve been thinking about him a lot,’’ Waters said. “When you lose a warrior like this, somebody as special a Bobby Newhouse, it really gets to you. This one has gotten to me.

“Bob would do anything for anybody else. He’s one of the most interesting, caring, selfless, entertaining characters that we had on our ballclub. He would do anything for the team or the guy next to him. He had an absolute tremendous sense of humor. He made friends with everybody and was probably the most popular player on the team.

“His thighs were as big around as my waist. Huge. Almost as big as Earl Campbell. He didn’t have the numbers that Earl had but he had the heart, a heart the size of Texas.’’

Waters remembers how Newhouse struggled week after week throughout his career to keep his weight in check so he wouldn’t be fined.

“He knew he would have to fast at end of the week,’’ Waters said. “Then he goes into the sauna, takes a cup with him and spits into the cup likes he’s going to lose that extra two ounces or half pound.

“We used to tease him unmercifully. He would just smile and say, ‘hey, all I need is one more half pound.’’’

And what about that 29-yard touchdown pass the fullback threw to Golden Richards in the Cowboys victory over Denver in Super Bowl XII?

“Every time we ran that play in practice prior to the Super Bowl, we would always run it to the right side where it was easiest to run,’’ Waters said. “Never once did he complete a pass. Not once in the two weeks. He would throw these passes that looked like a helicopter. They would spin sideways.

“It was unbelievable that this guy, on Super Bowl Sunday, not only ran the ball the wrong way but went across his body to throw this perfect pass. I will never forget how happy he was. And then he played the big dog.

“He was a gift for all of us to enjoy, an absolute wonderful man.’’

by; David Moore – Dallas Morning News
http://cowboysblog.dallasnews.com/20...you-dont.html/

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