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Robert Newhouse, Jr., the former Dallas Cowboys standout, passed away at 64 on Tuesday after a long period with the battle of heart disease at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Newhouse came out of Galilee High School in Hallsville, Texas. He attended the University of Houston.
Newhouse became part of a very successful stretch for the University of Houston from 1969 to 1971, where he was a tri-captain of the 1971 team. His 1,757 rushing yards were the second most yards in a season in NCAA history and the most in school history at the time. He received second team All-American. Newhouse had a remarkable college career, finishing as the University of Houston all-time leading rusher. Back when the College All-Stars played the Super Bowl Champion from the year before, Newhouse scored a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys.
Newhouse was drafted in the second round of the 1972 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He thrived on second effort, picking up the nicknames The House and The Human Bowling Ball. He was tough to bring down, “like trying to tackle a fire hydrant,” at 5’10″ and 209 pounds. Newhouse was used primarily as a blocking fullback. While he was on the team, the Cowboys went to three Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl XII against the Denver Broncos in 1977. His most notable career highlight and Super Bowl moment was the 29-yard touchdown pass Newhouse threw (going to his left) to Golden Richards in Super Bowl XII. He retired at the end of the 1983 season, as the fourth all-time leading rusher in team history after playing for 12 years.