Robert Newhouse, a former Dallas Cowboys running back, died Tuesday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, after a battle against heart disease. He was 64.
“He fought to the very end, no quit,” Newhouse's son Rodd told Fox 4 Dallas-Fort Worth
The football great was surrounded by his family, including his wife, Nancy, and children, Rodd, twin daughters Dawnyel and Shawntel, and son Reggie.
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Newhouse was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1972 and retired in 1983. He went to three Super Bowls and is remembered for a 29-yard touchdown pass that helped lead the Cowboys to a 1977 Super Bowl victory against Denver.
Newhouse ran for 4,784 yards during his career with the Cowboys and had two nicknames: “House” and “human bowling ball.”
He played at the University of Houston, where he broke several records and was inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Honor.
Newhouse suffered a stroke in 2010, and was at the Mayo Clinic hoping to get a heart transplant, according to the Star-Telegram
Former Cowboys player Drew Pearson told the Star-Telegram: "Robert Newhouse was a great teammate and friend. Loved that man. ... 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.”
Russell Maryland, who joined the Cowboys in 1991, told Fox 4 Dallas-Fort Worth that younger players looked up to Newhouse.
“He always gave sage advice; he wasn't too animated, but he was wise. Guys didn't always follow his advice, but he gave good advice," Maryland said.
Condolences spread on Twitter.
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