Robert Newhouse, one of the most beloved players in Dallas Cowboys history, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 64.
Rodd Newhouse says his father was surrounded by his wife and four children at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, when he died from the effects of heart disease.
Newhouse had been in declining health since suffering a stroke in 2010.
Newhouse, a Longview, Texas, native, played fullback for the Cowboys from 1972 to ’83.
He gained a career-high 930 yards with a 4.4 average and two touchdowns in 1975. Newhouse finished his career with 4,784 yards, a 4.1 average and 31 touchdowns. He is fifth on the Cowboys’ all-time rushing list.