PLANO, TX — Cowboys heroes of old, including Roger Staubach and Drew Pearson, turned out at Prestonwood Baptist church in Plano on Friday to honor their teammate, Robert Newhouse.
“House”, as the team knew him, was a major player in those great Cowboy teams of the 70s.
The fullback made a name bowling over defenders and clearing the way for Tony Dorsett. He lives on in Cowboys lore thanks to his halfback option touchdown toss to Golden Richards to help seal the team’s Super Bowl XII victory over the Broncos.
Newhouse died last week after a long fight with health issues including a stroke. He was a fighter; just listen to the guys he played with.
“There’d have to be a chapter on perseverance in the book of Robert Newhouse,” said longtime teammate Calvin Hill.
Newhouse played his entire 12 year career in Dallas. He stayed here when his playing days ended, helping the team in the front office with former players.
He also inspired his own.
“He came from the same place I came from. From the same tree, the same dirt,” said Clinton Ingram, Newhouse’s nephew and a former NFL linebacker. “To know that if he could do it, then I had a shot.
“I am going to miss my friend, my buddy, my teammate,” teammate Benny Barnes said through tears, “And most of all my brother.”