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Biographies - Eddie Robinson
Eddie Robinson
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Eddie Robinson
Born: February 13, 1919
Died: April 3, 2007
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Head college football coach at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana, from 1941 through 1997. During his tenure, Robinson established himself as the winningest coach in college football history becoming the first coach to record 400 wins.


  

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Eddie Gay Robinson (February 13, 1919 – April 3, 2007) spent 56 years as the head college football coach at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana, from 1941 through 1997. He was affectionately known simply as "Coach" throughout college football. During his tenure, Robinson established himself as the winningest coach in college football history becoming the first coach to record 400 wins. Robinson retired with a record of 408 wins, 165 losses and 15 ties. Even during the era of segregation in the American South, Robinsons talent was praised by many white coaches especially by Alabama coach Bear Bryant.

Robinson graduated from McKinley Senior High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1937. He went on to earn his Bachelors Degree from Leland College in Baker, Louisiana, then went on to obtain his Masters Degree from the University of Iowa in 1954.

More than 200 of his players went on to play in the National Football League including Super Bowl XXII MVP quarterback Doug Williams, who would ultimately succeed Robinson as Gramblings head coach in 1998.

After several losing seasons in the 1990s, pressure mounted for Robinson to resign. In 1997, news escaped that Grambling was planning to dismiss him. Public outcry — including condemnation from Louisiana elected officials — led Grambling to retain Robinsons services through the remainder of the season.

The Football Writers of America "Coach of the Year" award is named after Coach Robinson. Grambling also named its football facility Eddie Robinson Stadium.

Robinson is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African Americans.

Robinson died on April 3, 2007, at Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston, Louisiana, after being admitted earlier in the day. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Doris, until his death, two children, five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Robinson was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease shortly after his retirement from football.



Bio Source: Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Robinson_(football_coach)
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