In honor of the Legend and the Legacy of Famed Grambling State University Football Coach Eddie G. Robinson.
Coach Robinson won 408 games at Grambling during a football coaching career that stretched from 1941-1997 and is the namesake for the Football Writers Association of America’s National Coach of the Year Award. During his illustrious career, Coach Robinson won nine Black College National Championships and 17 Southwestern Athletic Conference championships. The College Football Hall of Fame inductee graduated over 80% of his players and saw more than 200 of his athletes play in the NFL, including four who are now enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“I know you notice coaches on the sideline with their game plan. It’s usually a condensed, summarized plan of three or four pages. Coach Robinson, when he came on the field, he came with a briefcase. I’m serious. He had a manuscript. To me he was the Martin Luther King of football. I have never seen him angry, derogatory toward any opponent or team that he played against. As a matter of fact, he stayed with the tradition. He always wore a suit, a neck tie and a coat to ball games. He was very sophisticated. He carried the attitude that he loved everybody.”
It is in his honor that we proudly present the Eddie G. Robinson Classic.