Former Dallas Cowboys running back Robert Newhouse passed away on Tuesday, according to multiple media reports.
Newhouse was 64 years old. He was reportedly battling with heart disease and passed away at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota with his family by his side.
During his time in the NFL, Newhouse played running back and fullback for the Cowboys from 1972 through 1983. He finished his career with the team with 4,784 yards and 29 touchdowns.
Newhouse was also a member of the Cowboys team that won Super Bowl XII over the Denver Broncos.
“House was a great football player,” Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach said of Newhouse, according to Fox 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth. “Off the field, he was a great man, kind and caring, solid as a rock.”
Newhouse is survived by four children and his wife.
One of those children, Roddrick, was left with a lasting image of his father as a tough man who would never give up.
“The mental picture everyone had of Robert Newhouse of going for that last yard was absolutely everything he did. He fought until the very end,” said Roddrick, via the Dallas Morning News. “He would not quit.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Newhouse’s family and friends as they deal with this difficult time.