PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – Hundreds of fans, family and fellow football players gathered at Prestonwood Baptist Church to celebrate former Dallas Cowboys running back Robert Newhouse’s life. The 64-year-old was remembered Friday with both a private funeral and a public memorial.
He passed away from heart disease last week.
Known as “house” to friends and family, Newhouse is best known by fans as the player who threw the touchdown that helped seal the win in Super Bowl XII.
Newhouse’s youngest son Reggie said the success of that legendary play was a metaphor for his father’s life.
“Never give up, never stop practicing because it will pay off and that’s exactly what that play did,” said Reggie.
Newhouse’s running capabilities were legendary as was his appetite, according to those who knew him best.
“Rob could eat, you guys could remember Rob in his early days… Rob was as wide as he was tall and he loved to eat,” said former Dallas Cowboy Benny Barnes.
Newhouse was a family man whose two sons and twin daughters were his pride and joy.
“They are the only ones that ever made Robert speechless. That day they were born, Robert was a babbling idiot I mean, he’s running into the weight room hollering… it’s two of them,” said Barnes.
Newhouse’s oldest son read aloud part of a letter he had written to his father. It was a touching moment during the ceremony.
“There are not many men in this world that can teach a young boy how to become a man in the way that you have taught me,” said Rod Newhouse.
He was well known in this state but Newhouse always stayed grounded, according to friends and family. They said he never felt like he was better than anybody else; and even shyed away from the spotlight that came with playing for America’s Team.
Newhouse was humble, gracious and generous to the very end.
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