3. Robert Newhouse (1972 – 1983)
Several of the players on this list find their careers intertwined. In today’s quick-paced game where fans demand instant success, it is hard to imagine players sitting out of years basically filling space on a roster to wait until they can start. That is how the game used to be for quite some time.
Robert Newhouse never had an unclear role in Dallas, but his position saw a diminished value his first few years.
Coming out of college, Newhouse was a big name. His 1971 senior season at the University of Houston still stands as one of the best collegiate seasons ever completed at the school. He obtained several school records that season that still stand today.
Despite this, he was not drafted until the 2nd round when the Cowboys picked him up. He made the switch to fullback even though his body did not match the dimensions of an average fullback.
Newhouse’s 1975 season appears to be his best as a Cowboy. He finished with 930 yards on the ground along with 275 receiving yards.
Super Bowl XII thoroughly enjoyed Newhouse’s presence. Newhouse rushed for 55 yards while receiving three passes for a whopping negative-one yard during the big game. His biggest contribution came when he tossed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Golden Richards to seal the game way. This places him on the evergrowing list of Cowboys fullbacks with touchdown passes.
Robert Newhouse ended his career as the fourth all-time leading rusher in Cowboys history. He totaled over 5500 all-purpose yards and added 39 touchdowns to the Dallas Cowboys record book.