Grand Opening: The Eddie G. Robinson Museum- A Source of Education and Inspiration for Generations to Come

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The Grand opening of the Eddie G. Robinson Museum and a lot of top people will be there to honor this great man.  When you hear the name - Eddie G. Robinson what comes to mind? 


They call me the greatest. I know that the greatest football coach who ever stepped on the field is Coach Eddie Robinson. I have admired what he has done in turning boys into men. He is a credit to his sport as well as a credit to humanity.”
-- Muhammad Ali

“Nobody has ever done or will ever do what Eddie Robinson has done for this game. Our profession will never, ever be able to repay Eddie Robinson for what he has done for this country and the profession of football."
-- Joe Paterno, legendary head football coach at Penn State University

"Eddie Robinson's name is synonymous with the sport of football. We will be forever grateful for the more than 200 young men he developed at Grambling who starred in the NFL and those who later coached the next generation of NFL players. He always focused on coaching his players to be better men as well as better football players."
-- Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner

"First time I met Eddie was around 1968 up at Uniontown, Pa. I was an assistant coach at West Virginia, and he was the head coach at Grambling and very successful. He came up there and spoke at a banquet. I heard him speak, and he's the kind of guy that you get close to immediately. … He was a people's person. You can't help but like him … I doubt if there is a coach in the United States that people have more respect for — and loved — than for Eddie Robinson."
-- Bobby Bowden, legendary head football coach at Florida State University

Coach Robinson earned an unprecedented 408 college football victories to set the NCAA’s benchmark for wins in Division I.  Coach Robinson retired with an overall record of 408 wins, 165 losses, and 15 ties all at Grambling during a football coaching career that stretched from 1941-1997 (57 seasons) 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 Swouthwestern 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.

If you want to have a museum name after you, you may ask yourself what does it take, if your resume looks like the one below, start breaking ground today.

Some of Coach Robinson career highlights include:
  • An unprecedented 408 victories in 57 years as Grambling State University's head football coach
  • Coached over 4,000 players, over 80 percent of whom received college degrees
  • Recipient of five honorary degrees: Yale University, Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, Southern University, and Springfield College
  • The Football Writers Association of America renamed its Coach of the Year Award the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award in 1997
  • Induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, 1997
  • First active coach to receive the Tuss McLaughry Award (American Football Coaches Association’s highest honor), 1996
  • Induction into the Blue-Gray Football Classic Hall of Fame, 1995
  • Recipient of the NAACP Image Award’s Jackie Robinson Sports Award, 1995
  • Recipient of the Casey Award, 1995
  • Recipient of the SWAC Coach of the Year Award, 1994
  • Casey Award Winner, 1994
  • Became the first African-American recipient of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award, 1993
  • Recipient of the National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award, 1992
  • Recipient of the Buffalo Soldier Award, 1992
  • Induction into the Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame, 1992
  • Recipient of the Francis J. "Reds" Bagnell Award presented by the Maxwell Club, 1991
  • Induction into the National Association for Sports & Physical Education Hall of Fame, 1990
  • Recipient of the Disney Pigskin Classic's Heritage Award, 1990
  • Recipient of the Circle City Classic's Major Taylor Award, 1990
  • Recipient of the Henry Frnka Award of Excellence, 1989
  • Induction into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, 1988
  • Recipient of the B’nai B’rith International Molder of Champions Award, 1988
  • Recipient of the Independence Bowl's Omar Bradley Spirit of Excellence Award, 1988
  • Recipient of the Indiana Youthlink's Pathfinder Award, 1988
  • Recipient of the National Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall of Fame Award, 1987
  • Presented a Special Commendation by the NCAA for the most wins in college football history, 1986
  • Recipient of the Gold Helmet Paul Bear Bryant Award, 1985
  • Recipient of the Dallas All Sports Association's Distinguished Award, 1985
  • Recipient of the United States Sports Academy's Academy Award, 1985
  • Recipient of the Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Award, 1985
  • Recipient of the Pat Roberson Award from the Sheridan Broadcasting Network, 1985
  • Recipient of the National Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo Award, 1985
  • South 13th Street in Baton Rouge, La., was renamed Eddie Robinson Senior Drive to honor Coach Robinson, 1985
  • Served as head coach of the SWAC seniors in the inaugural Freedom Bowl All-Star Classic in Atlnta, Ga., 1984
  • Recipient of the Whitney J. Young Memorial Award from the New York Urban League, 1983
  • Inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, 1983
  • Presented the Distinguished American Commendation Citation from the Walter Camp Foundation at Yale University, 1982
  • Recipient of the Morris Frank Touchdown Award, 1982
  • Recipient of the Liberty Bowl's American Service Award, 1982
  • Inducted into the Pop Warner Hall of Fame, 1979
  • Inducted into the Suger Bowl Hall of Fame, 1979
  • Served as head coach of the East-West Shrine All-Star Game, 1977
  • Served as president of the American Football Coaches Association, 1976
  • Inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame, 1976
  • Became the first U.S. college coach to take a team outside the continental United States to play in Japan, 1976
  • Elected Vice President of the American Football Coaches Association, 1975
  • Named to the Executive Committee of the National Athletic Directors Association, 1972
  • Served as president of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, 1966-77
  • Named by the Football Writers Association of America as The Coach Who Made the Biggest Contribution to College Football in the Past 25 Years, 1966

You can more about this grand openning and the coach himself at http://www.robinsonmuseum.com/

Have a great day, support our troops in uniform and God Bless America.

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