The Oakland Raiders have officially signed offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse.
Newhouse will enter his seventh season in the NFL in 2017, and his first as a member of the Silver and Black, after serving his past two seasons with the New York Giants. The Raiders offensive line was one of the top groups in the NFL in 2016, and hopefully Newhouse can add some depth to the group.
Here are five things you should know about the Raiders newest player:
Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie and Newhouse have won a Super Bowl together.
When Newhouse was originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round (169th overall pick) of the 2010 NFL Draft, McKenzie was currently acting as the team's Director of Football Operations. In his first season with McKenzie, Newhouse didn't appear in a game all season, but the pair were able to experience the Packers' first Super Bowl victory in over a decade. In their second season together, Newhouse played in all 16 games, starting 13.
An exclusive look at Marshall Newhouse.
When asked by Raiders.com what he's most excited for about joining the team, he simply stated, "I'm here to win. Six out of seven years I've made the playoffs...That's all I know."
Football runs in the family.
Marshall's father John Newhouse attended the University of Houston where he played in three Cotton Bowls (1977, 1979, and 1980). Along with his dad, Marshall's uncle Robert Newhouse is no stranger to the pigskin either, as he enjoyed a 12-year career in the NFL as the Dallas Cowboys fullback, from 1972 to 1983.
Newhouse was a multi-sport athlete in high school.
Prior to attending Texas Christian University, the 28year old went to school at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas where he played football and received offensive line MVP honors his senior season. While his football accolades in high school were impressive, what's most interesting is that Newhouse also competed in powerlifting, as well as track and field. In 2005, the 6-foot-4, 323-pounder went to the powerlifting championships and brought home a third-place finish.
He was recently on a panel at SXSW.
Not only does Newhouse retain an intelligent football-IQ and consider himself a student of the game, he is also very active in the tech community, and is intrigued by the appeal of Silicon Valley. While in Austin, Texas at the SXSW event, he appeared on a panel to talk about wearable technology.
"I was part of a panel at SXSW, talking technology, and how that kind of equates in the professional athlete field. I'm big into technology in my spare time. I play games. I go travel," Newhouse said. "I'm looking forward to being this close, this adjacent, to the technology epicenter of the world, and that'll be fun for me."
He's excited to get to work with quarterback Derek Carr.
During his seven seasons in the league, Newhouse has played with some quality signal-callers, such as Eli Manning with the New York Giants, and Aaron Rodgers with the Packers. Although he has nothing but praise for the pair of Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks, he's excited to get to work with No. 4.
"I'm looking forward to me coming out there and helping the team win, and helping keep him [Carr] upright," said Newhouse. "And helping him pass for a bunch of yards."