Robert Newhouse, MBA '84
“His heart really was as big as the state of Texas. He’s one of the few people in
this world who would do for you before he would do for himself.”
-- Friend and teammate Charlie Waters
Robert Newhouse was a devoted family man, an athlete, a professional and an advocate
of the power of education. His professional life included 29 years with the Dallas
Cowboys football organization – first, from 1972 to ’83, as a fullback on three Super
Bowl championship teams and later in various other capacities. He was also a successful
United States bankruptcy trustee for 26 years.
Arguably the most accomplished fullback in Dallas Cowboys franchise history, he played
187 games including the playoffs over his 12 seasons (1972-’83), and his 4,784 rushing
yards are fifth most in franchise history. Newhouse won four Super Bowl rings with
the Cowboys, one as a player in Super Bowl XII and then three more as an employee
in the 1990s. Newhouse is engraved in the history of the NFL as the first running
back to throw a touchdown in a Super Bowl.
He devoted much of his time to charitable causes that forwarded child advocacy and
community development. Throughout his life he valued achievement, education, his family
and his fellow man.