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04 Apr 2007
Legendary Grambling football coach Eddie Robinson passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 88.
Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 04 Apr 2007
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06 Apr 2007, 11:27am by
America has lost not only a great football coach, but a great American. My condolences to his family.
What a fantastic human being from a totally different era. Dan Patrick told a story today about how Eddie's two running backs were going to have to leave the team to help their families pick cotton. Not wanting to lose his RBs, Eddie took the entire team and helped with the cotton harvest.
Mr.Robinson taught much more than football. He showed boys how to be men on and off the field. he should be in Canton.
Eddie was obviously a great coach, and a greater human being, but Canton is the *Pro* Football Hall of Fame.
I didn't realize that he had been afflicted with Ahlzheimer's that was diagnosed a decade ago. I shudder to think of what his family may have endured.
I'm too young to really remember him - by the time I'd even heard of him, it was for approaching/passing Bryant, and even then I only got to see one Grambling game a year at most. So I don't really know much of what he was like as a coach. But reading some of these articles about what he achieved - wow.
First off, sending 200 players to the NFL/AFL. From that size and level of school, sending an average of almost four a year to the pros? Even if a lot of them just made it for a cup of coffee at training camp, that's just unreal. One article mentioned that for his first team, he only had 67 guys to work with. Not 67 players - 67 total male students at the school. Of course, his second year they went 9-0 and didn't allow a point.
I won't pretend to know a ton about the guy personally, or his family or whatever. But all accounts indicate he was one heck of a man, and from what I've been reading he must've been one heck of a coach.
Robinson got many of the top black athletes of the south in the 50s and 60s. He didn't get as many once the SEC integrated.
85% graduation rate... WOW
I thought some of the big schools had UNDER 50% graduation rates for their football players. I want to say Arkansas had something like a 20% graduation rate after 4 years, and that Oklahoma was piss poor in that respect too. I have that stuff in a book and I'll try and spit out some statistics.
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