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A quiet friendship between two titans

George Steinbrenner and Eddie Robinson had a bond that was never broken

Updated: July 15, 2010, 12:18 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

They talked and talked on the phone, George Steinbrenner and Eddie Robinson did, titan to titan, man to man. Theirs was not a game-day relationship between a booster and a coach, or some charitable arrangement between the white son of a shipping tycoon and the black son of a sharecropper.

The owner of the New York Yankees and the head football coach of the Grambling State Tigers were underdogs who came to respect, admire and love each other. George Steinbrenner had to overcome a father ...

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