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Timmy Newsome

Timmy Newsome
Date of birth: (1958-05-17) May 17, 1958 (age 56)
Place of birth: Ahoskie, North Carolina
Career information
Position(s): Fullback
College: Winston-Salem State
NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 6 / Pick: 162
As player:

Timothy Arthur Newsome (born May 17, 1958) is a former American football fullback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys from 1980 to 1988.

Early days

Newsome played college football at Winston-Salem State University, where he is the second-leading rusher in school history with 3,843 yards and also one of the leading all-time rushers in the history of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).[1]

The 1977 and 1978 football teams, which were coached by Bill Hayes, were two of the best teams in school and CIAA history. They went undefeated each season and were led by Newsome and fellow running backs Arrington Jones and Randy Bolton. They ran the Veer offense.

Those Rams teams dominated their competition. In 1977, they went 11-0 but bypassed the Division II playoffs to play in the Gold Bowl in Richmond, Va. where they lost to South Carolina State University 10-7.[2] In 1978, they went 11-0 again, won their first playoff game (17-0 over California State Poly) and then lost to Delaware State University 41-0 in the second round.

In 1993, he was inducted into the CIAA Hall of Fame.

Professional career

After college, Newsome was drafted in the sixth round of the 1980 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.[3]

He was a big, strong, and talented tailback that was moved to fullback because the Cowboys had already drafted future Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett three years before.

At the end od the 1984 season, Newsome won the starting fullback job from Ron Springs. During his career he became an all-purpose utility back (he even played some tight end), rushing for 1,226 yards with 19 rushing touchdowns. He also had 212 catches for 1,966 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns.[4] In 1990 he was selected to the Dallas Cowboys all-decade team by the Dallas Cowboys Weekly Newspaper.

Newsome retired in 1990, after spending most of his 9 seasons as a blocking back and receiver out of the backfield, behind Cowboys legends, Dorsett and Herschel Walker.

Personal life

In 1991, Newsome founded Newtec Business Solutions, a firm that specializes in providing technology products and services to the small- to medium-sized business sector in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


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