Robert Newhouse, Dallas Cowboys Rusher in 1972-83, Dies at 64

Robert Newhouse, a running back who played in three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys and threw a touchdown pass to help win one of them, died at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He was 64.

The Cowboys said on their website that Newhouse died two days ago of complications caused by heart disease. He had been at the Mayo Clinic since November.

Newhouse, who spent his entire 12-year National Football League playing career with the Cowboys coached by Tom Landry, worked for the team -- mostly as director of alumni relations and player programs -- from his retirement in 1984 until 2008.

He ran for a career-high 930 yards in 1975 and had six touchdowns in 1980, though by that time he had been supplanted as Dallas’ top rusher by Tony Dorsett.

In the 1978 Super Bowl against Denver, the Cowboys were leading 20-10 with seven minutes remaining in the game when Newhouse took a pitch and threw a 29-yard scoring pass to Golden Richards that completed a 27-10 Dallas win. He was the first running back to throw a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl.

Newhouse’s survivors include his wife, Nancy, and four children, the Cowboys said.

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