Nate Newton

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Nate Newton
No. 67, 61, 73
Position: Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1961-12-20) December 20, 1961
Place of birth: Orlando, Florida
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 335 lb (152 kg)
Career information
High school: Orlando (FL) Jones
College: Florida A&M
Undrafted: 1983
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 198
Games started: 180
Fumble recoveries: 5
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Nathaniel Newton (born December 20, 1961) is a former American football guard in the National Football League who played for the Dallas Cowboys (1986–1998) and the Carolina Panthers (1999). He also played for the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League in 1984 and 1985. Newton played college football at Florida A&M University.

Early years

Newton attended Jones High School where he played football, basketball, wrestling and shot put. In football he played as a fullback until his junior year, when he outgrew the position and was moved to the defensive line.

Although he had Division I colleges recruiting him, he chose to remain close to home and signed with Florida A&M University. As a sophomore he played in both the offensive and defensive line. At the start of his junior season he was moved to the offense full-time, where he would earn All-MEAC honors playing right tackle as a senior.

Professional career

Washington Redskins

In 1983 he signed as a rookie undrafted free agent with the Washington Redskins but was cut during training camp. He was injured in a serious car accident the night he was cut.

Tampa Bay Bandits

After his release, he signed with the Tampa Bay Bandits of the now defunct United States Football League, who drafted him in 1983, in what the USFL called a Territorial Draft. He played there for two years (1984 and 1985) as an offensive tackle.

Dallas Cowboys

When the USFL folded, Newton signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 1986.

He started out as a reserve offensive lineman, and was nicknamed "the Kitchen" because he was bigger than William "The Refrigerator" Perry, of Chicago Bears fame.[1] Even though he became a starter at left guard in 1987, his struggles to maintain his playing weight almost cost him being waived. His breakout came with the arrival of Jimmy Johnson as the Cowboys coach in 1989, who eventually moved him to the starting right tackle position and forced him to get into better shape after Johnson beat him in a running race.[2]

In 1992, because of the improved play of Erik Williams, he was moved back to left guard, in order for the team to have the best player combination possible in the offensive line. From 1992 to 1995, together with Erik Williams, Mark Tuinei, Mark Stepnoski, John Gesek and Kevin Gogan, he was part of some of the best offensive lines to play in NFL history.

Newton was a six-time Pro Bowler, attending the game from 1992 through 1996 and once again in 1998. Only Larry Allen (10) has been to more Pro Bowls with the Cowboys on the offensive line. He is tied with Rayfield Wright and John Niland for six appearances each. His ability to protect quarterback Troy Aikman and to run-block for running back Emmitt Smith helped the Cowboys win 3 Super Bowls in 1992, 1993, and 1995.

He was one of the best guards in the NFL for over a decade. He was a very powerful player and was known from some great confrontations against Reggie White among other great players. Despite playing in the trenches, Newton was one of the more colorful players in Cowboys history.

Carolina Panthers

His last NFL season was in 1999 with the Carolina Panthers, he played in seven games as a backup guard, before being placed on the injured reserve list with a torn right triceps tendon.[3]

Life after football

On November 4, 2001 police in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, arrested Newton after he was found to have 213 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop of Newton's white van.[4] Five weeks later, on December 12, 2001, Newton was again stopped in Texas and was arrested after a search of his vehicle revealed he possessed 175 pounds of marijuana.[5] He was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for drug trafficking, and has since reportedly gone straight, renouncing his past and turning his life around and he now speaks to children involved in athletics about his past.[6] He is now a member of the North Dallas Community of God.

In April 2010, Newton, who once weighed as much as 411 pounds, underwent "vertical gastrectomy," a surgical operation, by Dr. David Kim, that removes up to 75 percent of a patient's stomach and staples the remainder. He has lost 175 pounds and as of November 2010 weighed 220—his lightest weight since high school.[7]

Newton's son, Nate III (nicknamed Tré), was a running back at Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas and was a key contributor for the Dragons' two consecutive 5A football state championship teams in 2005 and 2006. On November 15, 2010, the AP reported Tré Newton would no longer play running back for the University of Texas due to re-occurring injuries. His second son, King, plays defensive end for the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Football Family

He is the older brother of Tim Newton, who also played in the NFL as a defensive tackle for nine seasons.


  2. 'A Football Life: The Great Wall of Dallas'- Nate the Kitchen
  4. "Ex-Cowboy Newton faces drug charge". November 6, 2001. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  5. "Cowboys' Newton sentenced in drug case". August 20, 2002. Retrieved 2010-11-05.
  6. Whitt, Richie (2005-11-17). "Pot-bellied Cowboy". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 2010-11-05.
  7. Chase, Chris (November 4, 2010). "Former Cowboys star Nate Newton has lost 175 pounds". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2010-11-05.
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