After a long battle with heart disease and the effects of a stroke from 2010, former Dallas Cowboys fullback Robert Newhouse passed away on Tuesday. He was 64 years-old. Known for his hard-running style and 44-inch thighs, the Cowboys second round pick in 1972 played in Dallas his entire 12-year career. In that time, Newhouse not only blocked for Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett, but recorded 4,784 rushing yards and 31 rushing touchdowns while doing so. Famously, Newhouse helped the Cowboys win their second Super Bowl title in 1978 over the Denver Broncos by throwing a touchdown pass in the final minutes of the game. (See video below)
In memory of the Cowboy great and Texas native, players, fans and media alike have taken to Twitter to mourn his loss. Here are some of the best messages about Mr. Newhouse. May he rest in peace.
RIP Robert Newhouse! I’m honored to call you my friend. Thoughts and prayers to your family. #cowboyslegend
Condolences to family of Robert Newhouse, first RB to throw SB touchdown pass. A fine player and nice man. #RIP
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) July 23, 2014
Heartbroken over the news of Robert Newhouse’s death. He was absolutely 1 of the kindest, most humble men I have ever met. He was a treasure — Gina Miller (@TheGinaMiller) July 23, 2014
Robert Newhouse was 1 of the people who most influenced me during my years w/ Cowboys. Smart. Measured. Insightful. Legend. RIP Mr. Newhouse
— Derek Eagleton (@derekeagleton) July 23, 2014
Like many cowboys fans growing up,Robert Newhouse was 1 of my favorite players. So sad to hear about his passing.Great player better person
— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) July 23, 2014
@SullyBaldHead Robert Newhouse was always a favorite of my father’s. Loved the way he played.
— Tom Ryle (@TomRyleBTB) July 23, 2014
RIP Robert Newhouse one of the all time great Houston Cougar football players. — Matt Jackson (@MJ4Sports) July 23, 2014
“@robdibble49: RIP Robert Newhouse one of my All Time Favorite Cowboys is gone. Prayers for his family. One of The Best Ever!” Wore his #
RIP former Cowboys FB Robert Newhouse.. most people don’t know he was a judge for like 30 years. — Lock↓Tex (@lockdowntex) July 23, 2014
— Michael Tipton (@RealMikeTipton) July 23, 2014