Grambling State Legendary Coach Eddie Robinson Dies at 88


Eddie Robinson coached at Grambling State University for 57 years. Robinson finished with a record of 408-165-15 as well as sending more than 200 players to the NFL. More importantly he impacted the color barrier for the black athlete in ways many civil rights leaders could not. Eddie Robinson was a ground breaker and an institution. His coaching of football and life affected so many. God bless and rest in peace.

Super Bowl MVP quarterback Doug Williams, one of Robinson’s former players, said the former Grambling State University coach died about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Robinson had been admitted to Lincoln General Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

Robinson had been suffering from Alzheimer’s, which was diagnosed shortly after he was forced to retire following the 1997 season, in which he won only three games. His health had been declining for years, and he had been in and out of a nursing home during the last year. (Houston Chronicle)

Grambling’s Eddie Robinson dies. Winningest football coach in Division I was 88

Robinson logged 408 victories at Grambling between 1941-97. He also produced 45 winning seasons; won nine National Black College championships and 17 Southwestern Athletic Conference titles; coached four college football Hall of Famers (Buck Buchanan, Younger, Gary “Big Hands” Johnson and Doug Williams); and sent more than 200 players to the NFL, including four Pro Football Hall of Famers (Buchanan, Willie Davis, Willie Brown and Charlie Joiner).

“He ranks right up there with Bear Bryant and Amos Alonzo Stagg,” Joiner said. “It reminds me of one time when another person asked this one guy if Coach Rob was in a class by himself. He stood there and thought for a long time. I really can’t say, but it doesn’t take long to call the roll.”

Robinson’s greatest influence, many former players said, was outside of football. (Tallahassee Democrat)


Posted April 4, 2007 by
Deceased, Obituary, Sports | 4 comments

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    4 Responses to “Grambling State Legendary Coach Eddie Robinson Dies at 88”

    1. Houston on April 4th, 2007 12:19 pm

      Amazing guy! We will be hard pressed to find another person like Eddie Robinson. A great influence on the whole country.

    2. casa on April 4th, 2007 6:08 pm

      I grew up just a few miles down the road from Grambling. I remember how much he did for Grambling and the football program there.

    3. Scared Monkeys on April 4th, 2007 10:29 pm

      When I was a young kid I grew up watching Grambling Football highlights on Sunday mornings. We got so few TV channels at the time. There would be ND and Grambling highlights on Sunday mornings. I became a Grambling fan at the age of 6.

      Funning thing was … I lived in the north in a state that had less than 0.05% minorities and at the time never knew that Grambling was an all black college.

      The more important fact was, it did not matter. As a very famous person once said, its not about the color of one’s skin, its about the content of one’s character. Eddie Robinson was an amazing coach and an even more amazing man. He touched the lives of so many and made such a difference.

      God Bless you … Rest in peace.


    4. Tashi Rhodes on September 5th, 2007 8:31 pm

      Yes Eddie Robinson was A great man and A excellant coach and he probally would have been A good grandfather if my father had told him about me I’m A 37 year old female that has only met his father once it’s hard to believe that he’s the jr. yet he’s nothing like his father he’s so selfish maybe one day he’ll be responsible like his father and do the right thing

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