He was a Hall of Fame tight end with the Cleveland Browns and found a second career as an administrator. The Baltimore Ravens' general manager won his second Super Bowl ring with the team a year ago in New Orleans.
But he never played in a Super Bowl. Newsome has John Elway to blame for that. Earlier this month -- 27 years after the fact -- he recounted the Denver Broncos' 98-yard drive to tie the 1986 AFC Championship Game in overtime in remarkable (and excruciating) detail from his office in Owings Mills, Md.
"We had a good team that year," Newsome said. "We went 12-4 and won our division. Beat the Jets in the playoffs, in overtime, which gave us the opportunity to come home and play the Broncos."
Quarterback Bernie Kosar gave Cleveland a late 20-13 lead, hitting Brian Brennan with a 48-yard touchdown pass. The Broncos got the ball back on their 2-yard line with 5:43 remaining in the game.
"We got 'em right where we want 'em," Elway told his team in the huddle.
Newsome, oddly enough, was thinking the same thing.
"I felt like it was my time," Newsome said, "but I'm on the sideline, not doing anything."
Sure enough, the Broncos ran 15 plays and Mark Jackson's 5-yard catch from Elway tied the game with 37 seconds left.
"Little slant," Newsome said. "It was deflating. I learned a lot from that game. As offensive players, we should have been on the sideline getting ready to win the game. But that score took everything out of us. We got the ball back and did nothing, and then in overtime we got the ball first -- and did nothing."
Elway moved the Broncos 60 yards and Rich Karlis kicked the game-winning field goal from 33 yards with 9:22 left in overtime.
"Some say it was good, some say it wasn't," Newsome said. "We walked off the field and the Broncos were on their way to Pasadena."
And now Elway can win his third Super Bowl ring with the Broncos, his first as a member of the front office.
"It'd be just as important," Elway said on media day. "I think that to be a part of that and to be on that was a part of putting this whole thing together would be something I'd really like to do."
Bart Starr is 80 year old now, but he still gets to work just outside Birmingham, Ala., at a reasonable hour.
The television crew was setting up in his office, but in the kitchen he pulled a bottle of water from the refrigerator. Without prompting, the former Green Bay Packers quarterback described the atmosphere in the huddle of that 1967 title game when the temperature dropped to minus-13.
The ball felt like "a piece of ice," he said, laughing. "Coach Lombardi did a great job of preparing us for the game, the conditions."
Vince Lombardi, the legendary head coach, that is. The Dallas Cowboys were leading 17-14, when Starr opened the Packers' last possession on his own 32-yard line with 4:50 left. On third-and-goal at the Dallas 1-yard line with 16 seconds left, Starr called Green Bay's last timeout.
Lombardi wanted him to hand the ball to running back Donny Anderson, but Starr -- who had seen Anderson slip on the icy field on the two previous plays -- talked Lombardi into a quarterback keeper.
"Then run it," Lombardi exclaimed, "and let's get the hell out of here!"
"And I'm laughing like I am laughing now going back into the huddle," Starr said. "And I don't want the Cowboys to see me laughing."
His teammates thought the ball was going to Anderson, but Starr followed right guard Jerry Kramer into the end zone. The Packers won 21-17 and advanced to the first Super Bowl, where they beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.
"It felt wonderful," Starr said of his touchdown. "It was the greatest experience that you could imagine."