Ex-Grambling coach Robinson dead at 88
To his very last day, Eddie Robinson was always battling something.
There was the institutional racism that surrounded him, the piddling football budget he and his coaching staff subsisted on at predominantly black Grambling State and, ultimately, the Alzheimer's disease that took his life at age 88.
"He'd been fighting that battle for a long time," said former Grambling quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams. "It was one of the many he fought in his lifetime."
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Eddie Robinson, 1919-2007
• Hired at Grambling State in 1941. His first team goes 3-5, but the 1942 squad goes 9-0 and is unscored-upon.
• In 1949, Grambling's Paul "Tank" Younger signs with the Los Angeles Rams, becoming first player from historically black college to join NFL.
• Robinson becomes president of American Football Coaches Association in 1976.
• On Oct. 5, 1985, a 27-7 Grambling win over Prairie View A&M gives Robinson win No. 324, passing Paul "Bear" Bryant as winningest college football coach.
• 1997: Robinson resigns in 1997. He leaves with record of 408-165-15, a .707 winning percentage and 17 SWAC championships.
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