- Eddie Robinson (Grambling football coach)
College coach infobox
Name = Edward Gary Robinson
ImageWidth = 150
- | DateOfBirth = birth date|1919|2|13|mf=y
DateOfDeath = death date and age|2007|4|3|1919|2|13
Sport = Football
OverallRecord = 408–165–15
CFbDWID = 3118
Coach = yes
CoachYears = 1941–1997
CoachTeams = Grambling
FootballHOF = 1997
CollegeHOFID = 70042
Robinson was born in
Jackson, Louisianato the son of a sharecropper and a domestic worker. He went on to graduate from McKinley Senior High Schoolin Baton Rouge in 1937. He went on to earn his bachelor's degreefrom Leland College(an unaccredited institution) in Baker in East Baton Rouge Parish, then went on to obtain his Master's degreefrom the University of Iowain Iowa City in 1954. Robinson was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African Americans.
During his tenure, Robinson established himself as the winningest coach in college football history, becoming the first coach to record 400 wins (although 45 of his wins occurred before Grambling was an accredited college). Robinson is second on the list of wins by a college coach, immediately behind active coach
John Gagliardiof St. John's University (Minnesota). Robinson retired with a record of 408 wins, 165 losses and 15 ties. More than 200 of his players went on to play in the American Football Leagueand in the NFL. Robinson coached three American Football Leagueplayers who would later be inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame: the Kansas City Chiefs' Buck Buchanan; the Oakland Raiders' Willie Brown; and the Houston Oilers' Charlie Joiner. Robinson also coached James Harris, who with the AFL's Buffalo Billsbecame the first black quarterback in modern Pro Football history to start at that position in a season opener. He also coached Packers defensive endand Hall of Famer Willie Davisand the Super Bowl XXIIMVP, Redskins quarterbackDoug Williams, who would ultimately succeed Robinson as Grambling's head coach in 1998.
During his coaching career, Robinson compiled 45 winning seasons, including winning or sharing 17
Southwestern Athletic Conferencechampionships and eight black college football national championships [ [http://media.2theadvocate.com/documents/070405robinsongraphic.pdf EDDIE ROBINSON: 1919-2007 - Robinson's Record] . The Advocate. April 5 2007] .
Surprisingly, while at Grambling, Eddie Robinson held several jobs other than Football coach, including teaching at Grambling High School, and coaching the girls' basketball team during the war. His girls team lost the state championship by 1 point.
After several losing seasons in the 1990s, pressure mounted for Robinson to resign. In 1997, news escaped that Grambling was planning to dismiss him. Public outcry — including condemnation from
Louisianaelected officials — led Grambling to retain Robinson's services through the remainder of the season.
Robinson had been diagnosed with
Alzheimer's Disease; he died on April 3 2007, at Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston, Louisiana, after being admitted earlier in the day. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2825016 Ex-grambling coach Robinson dead at 88] . Associated Press. April 4 2007.]
Honors & Awards
The Football Writers of America's
Eddie Robinson Awardaward is named for him. Grambling, a predominantly black community, also named its football facility Eddie Robinson Stadium.
Grambling Tigers Football
List of presidents of the American Football Coaches Association
* [http://www.nfl.com/draft/history/schools/GRAM| Grambling players in the NFL draft since 1982]
* [http://www.swac.org/legends/legendsrobinson.htm Southwest Athletic Conference Page on Coach Robinson]
NAME=Robinson, Eddie Gary
SHORT DESCRIPTION=American college football coach
DATE OF BIRTH=
February 13 1919
PLACE OF BIRTH=
Jackson, Louisiana, United States
DATE OF DEATH=
April 3 2007
PLACE OF DEATH=
Ruston, Louisiana, United States
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