Eddie Robinson


RUSTON, La. (AP) - Former Grambling coach Eddie Robinson, who created a football powerhouse at a small, black college in northern Louisiana that turned out hundreds of NFL players, has died. He was 88. The soft-spoken coach spent nearly 60 years at Grambling State University, where he set a standard for victories with 408 wins and nearly every season saw his top players drafted by NFL teams. Doug Williams, a Super Bowl MVP quarterback was one of them. Williams said Robinson died shortly before midnight Tuesday. Robinson had been admitted to Lincoln General Hospital on Tuesday afternoon. "For the Grambling family this is a very emotional time," Williams said Wednesday. "But I'm thinking about Eddie Robinson the man, not in today-time, but in the day and what he meant to me and to so many people." Robinson's career spanned 11 presidents, several wars and the civil-rights movement. His older records are what people will remember: In 57 years, Robinson compiled a 408-165-15. Until John Gagliardi of St. John's, Minn., topped Robinson's victory mark four years ago, Robinson was known as the winningest coach in all of college football. "The real record I have set for over 50 years is the fact that I have had one job and one wife," Robinson said. More than 200 of his players went on to play in the NFL. Copyright © 2007 The Associated Press

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THE GREATEST COACH and ROLE MODEL..It took 40 years of coaching at GRAMBLING for the rest of the world to wake up and know who he was, after sending hundreds of players to the NFL...HELLO...You are loved..RIP....MY BROTHER

It was a pleasure being on campus with you coach. May you rest in peace. God Bless!

He was a true legend! There will never be another Eddie Rob. God bless his family and keep them.

I just want to say that He was an awesome man. I am only 17 and I know I haven't been here in this world long enough to see all of his greatness., but I do believe that he is a role model to all. I have decided to do my history fair project on him and I have made it to Reginals. I want this project to go to state and then nationals. That way evryone will be able to see how wonderful he was. May the family keep their heads up and understand that he's in a bigger football field in heaven,...

A Grambling Great. RIP. Your winning spirt will be with us for ever.

Coach you were A wonderful man with A wonderful heart also A wonderful soul I just wished I would have got A chance to spend time with you but being you're grandaughter and knowing how everyone loved and admired you is enough for me I'm proud of the man that you were but at the same time the world is A very very sad place now that you're gone. (LOVE TASHI)

It's good to see the progress after a year. Good things are being done. I'm glad you were a part of my life.

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