Compassion, optimism hallmarks of Robinson's life
Eddie Robinson's greatest accomplishments weren't on the football field. His ability to inspire compassion in his players had a far greater impact, writes Bill Curry.
Eddie Robinson passed away Tuesday night, having lived in the shadows of the netherworld of racism for much of his life. Like all great leaders, he refused to be defined by external circumstances, deciding very early in life that he would be a positive human being. When he decided to express his gift by being a football coach, it was an eternal blessing to all of us drawn to the huddle. In this era of many claims and few results in the area of uniting disparate segments of society, Robinson used ...
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Eddie Robinson, 1919-2007
• Hired at Grambling State in 1941. His first team goes 3-5, but the 1942 squad goes 9-0 and is unscored-upon.
• In 1949, Grambling's Paul "Tank" Younger signs with the Los Angeles Rams, becoming first player from historically black college to join NFL.
• Robinson becomes president of American Football Coaches Association in 1976.
• On Oct. 5, 1985, a 27-7 Grambling win over Prairie View A&M gives Robinson win No. 324, passing Paul "Bear" Bryant as winningest college football coach.
• 1997: Robinson resigns in 1997. He leaves with record of 408-165-15, a .707 winning percentage and 17 SWAC championships.
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