Robinson, Eddie

Robinson, Eddie

(Edward Gay Robinson), 1919–2007, African-American football coach, b. Jackson, La., grad. Leland College, Baker, La. (B.A., 1941), Univ. of Iowa (M.A., 1954). A college quarterback, Robinson was hired upon his graduation by Grambling State Univ. (then the Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute and later Grambling State College) as a coach and teacher. He later made sports history as the celebrated leader of the Grambling Tigers. In 1985 he broke the record set by Bear BryantBryant, Bear
(Paul Bryant) , 1913–83, American football coach, b. Moro Bottom, Ark. The son of sharecroppers, he became a Southern culture hero through his football successes. After playing on the Rose Bowl–winning 1935 Univ.
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 as collegiate football's "winningest" coach (a record Robinson no longer holds), and in 1995 he became the first coach to win 400 games. During his career, more than 200 Grambling players went on to play in the National Football League. At his retirement (1997), Robinson had a record of 408 wins, 165 losses, and 15 ties.


See his autobiography (1999); O. K. Davis, Grambling's Gridiron Glory (1985); A. Wash and P. Webb, ed., Reflections of a Legend: Coach Eddie G. Robinson (1997).

Robinson, (Edward Gay) Eddie

(1919–  ) football coach; born in Jackson, La. After graduation from college and working at a feed mill, he realized his boyhood ambition by becoming head football coach at Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute (1941) (since renamed Grambling State University). Henceforth he guided the Tigers to fame, sending over 300 players to professional football camps, compiling the all-time best record as a college football coach and winning numerous awards.
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The outrageously talented Quade Cooper is orchestrating a dangerous threequarter line from outside-half and they've got a physical and feisty back row in Beau Robinson, Eddie Quirk and Jake Schatz.
ANGEL EYES: The Angel of the North looks down on those involved in Ravensworth Bowling Club's triple tournament, who are (left to right) chairman Percy Proctor, winners Vera Robinson, Eddie Hodgson and Irene Bell and president Jim Stevenson
3 Anxious looks in the directors box from Gordon Strachan, Bryan Richardson, Geoffrey Robinson, Eddie Jordan and Brenda Price.