5. Timmy Newsome (1980 – 1988)
The Dallas Cowboys had quite the dilemma on their hands in the early 1980’s: they had too many talented running backs and not enough places to put them at once.
Timmy Newsome found himself in that mess when he was drafted in 1980. He was converted to fullback when he entered the league and found himself wedged in the backup role for several years.
By 1984, he had secured the starting fullback position and immediately became a prime part of the team’s offense.
That 1984 season proved to be the best of his career. That season Newsome gained a career-high 268 yards and scored five touchdowns. From then on he was the starter at that position.
The rest of Newsome’s career was rather tame. He would spend most of his time blocking for superstars Tony Dorsett and Herschel Walker.
His talents were well-admired by his peers. He was selected to the Dallas Cowboys 1980’s all-decade team in 1990.
Newsome finished his career with over 3000 scrimmage yards and 40 touchdowns. He will largely be lost in the shuffle of some poor Cowboys teams of the 80’s, but his efforts will always be admired.