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Eddie Robinson dead at 88


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Damn. IMO the best CFB coach there was because of the fact that he did so much with so little and bred so much NFL talent from Grambling. Grambling! I'm gonna miss him and I'm sure the rest of the CFB world, especially the SWAC & Grambling. R.I.P.

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He was the best at what he did, and that was leading young men on a football team for a Historically Black College and teaching said men not only the fundamentals of football, but probably some skills to survive in life as well.

What he did at Grambling is far more impressive then Paterno or Bowden. Long live the greatest coach in College Football! Long live Eddie!

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Eddie was a bit of an icon here in the state, especially north Louisiana, where Grambling is located. I called my high school coach (Now, don't get any ideas. I was the statistician!), who is from Grambling, this morning, and we had a pretty good talk about Eddie. He described him as "The man that was everyone's grandfather." in that he had the grandfatherly qualities that everyone looks for. Can't get much better than that.

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Daggone.

Expect a SportsCentury piece on him real soon...though I'm sure the folks at ESPN are already working on a montage for him. One of the most remarkable men to ever walk on this Earth. I had a couple buddies from high school who went to play at Grambling who knew folks from way back who played under him, and they all said the same thing: "Coach Robinson wasn't just a coach; he was "pops"...everyone's dad."

Just can't get no better than that. May he rest in ruly divine peace. The world will miss you, Eddie Robinson.

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it aint often any of us get the right opportunity at the right time, and the post as not only the football coach, but essentially the face of Grambling State University was that for Eddie Robinson. Many have had far more to work with and done far less, with all these vagabond coaches nowadays coming to mind with one eye always looking for greener pastures.

Eddie Rob...we'll miss you.

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Heres my Caption for today's front page of Sports E-Cyclopedia

Passing of a Legend

When Eddie Robinson began his coaching career at Grambling in 1941, Jackie Robinson was playing at UCLA, and Martin Luther King was just 12 years old. When he retired some 56 years later, baseball had retired Jackie's number 42 through out the Majors, Martin Luther King had his own National Holliday, and Michael Jordan was the idle of every sports fan both black and white. For years Eddie Robinson and his Grambling Tigers were a source of black pride, as segregated schools stubbornly refused to allow black men on campus. Robinson turned these young men into leaders, with his father-like leadership. Several of them including Willie Davis, Willie Brown, Charlie Jonier and Buck Buchanan had Hall of Fame NFL Careers. While another Doug Williams made his statements just by being named Super Bowl XXII MVP. On Wednesday Robinson passed away at the age of 88, but his contribution will live on forever.

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