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 Landry’s 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.
His final days were a stark contrast to how he lived and how he played football during a 12-year career with the Cowboys that included three Super Bowl appearances and a Super Bowl title in 1977.
Generously listed at 5-foot-10, 209 pounds, Newhouse ran with power, typified by his always churning massive thighs.
He had two nicknames during his career with the Cowboys, “House” and “human bowling ball” for his low-running style through defenses with those powerful thighs.
"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 Star-Telegram. "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."
Originally a second-round pick of the Cowboys in 1972 after an All-America career at the University of Houston, Newhouse was primarily a blocking fullback in the NFL.
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