Statement from ULS President Sally Clausen on the Passing of Eddie Robinson – Apr 4, 2007
Today Louisiana mourns the loss of one of its greatest figures in history. Eddie G. Robinson was more than a sports icon, winning more football games during his 57 years at Grambling State University than any college coach in history. He also served as a mentor for thousands of young men, particularly during the Civil Rights movement.
Coming onboard in 1941 with no staff, Robinson handled whatever needed to be done for his student-athletes to be successful – from taking care of the field to tending to injuries to handling his own press.
His coaching style is a model to this day, not only because of his football skill and strategy, but also because he believed in teaching life lessons – creating well-rounded young adults as well as great football players.
The University of Louisiana System joins the Grambling community and millions of people across the country in thanking “Coach” for his outstanding life of service that will continue to serve as an example for all.
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