DALLAS, TX - The Dallas Cowboys kicked of their first day of training camp in Oxnard, California Wednesday with a opening press conference.
While there was excitement about the camp starting, there was also an inevitable dark cloud hanging over the heads of the Cowboys as they lost one of their own. Former running back, Robert Newhouse, died Tuesday night at the age of 64.
Newhouse had been battling heart disease.
The Longview, Texas native spent 11 seasons with the Cowboys playing in three Super Bowls.
Newhouse retired in 1983, but those affiliated with cowboys still have fond memories on who they said was an incredible man.
"He was such a humble guy, such a classy guy, someone who represented himself, his family, and the organization so well," said Cowboys head coach, Jason Garrett. "Everybody loved him. His teammates, his extended teammates certainly loved him, and guys like me who had a chance to be around him."
"We have such a memory of him as an outstanding football player for the Cowboys, his involvement, what he represented on the field, and his toughness," said Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones. "All of those things teams seem to represent, Robert Newhouse was about."
His family in Longview are said they are sad to loose a great man, but glad to know he know longer has to keep fighting for his life.
"I was really sad, but I was happy because I knew his suffering days were over," said Calvin Brookins, Newhouse's cousin. "He was a fighter and he fought his illness to the very last minute. We the community have lost a good man. He was a family man and a guy with a humble spirit. He always stayed within himself. He was himself and never changed all his life, even when he made professional football."
Newhouse was survived by his wife and four children when he passed away in Rochester, Minnesota.
In Newhouse's career with Dallas, he ran for 4,784 yards. His most memorable play no doubt came from the Cowboys' 1978 Super Bowl win against Denver, when the running back threw for a touchdown pass to wide receiver Golden Richards for the 27-10 victory.