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.

Updated: April 4, 2007, 7:41 PM ET
By Bill Curry | Special to ESPN.com

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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