Thoughts on Robinson
"Nobody in America, not even the President - there ain't nobody out there that can out-American Eddie Robinson. He loved to wave that flag." - Former Grambling and NFL quarterback Doug Williams.
"Coach Rob did a lot more for us than teach us about football. He used to come through the halls early in the morning with a cowbell, waking us up for class and for church." - Former Grambling and NFL cornerback Everson Walls.
"People look at black pride in America and sports' impact on it. In the major cities it took off the first time Jackie Robinson stole home. In the deep South, it started with Eddie Robinson, who took a small college in northern Louisiana with little or no funds and sent the first black to the pros and made everyone look at him and Grambling." - Jerry Izenberg, sports columnist emeritus at the Star-Ledger of Newark and close friend since 1963.
"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." - W.C. Gordon, former Jackson State coach.
"Eddie Robinson's name is synonymous with the sport of football. My most vivid memory of coach Robinson was seeing how pleased he was as he stood in the Redskins' locker room after his former Grambling standout Doug Williams led his team to victory and was named the Super Bowl XXII MVP." - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
"There is no question that Eddie Robinson was a figure that was larger than life for most African-American young men of that era. At that time, Grambling was The Program and Eddie Robinson was The Man. One of the first football camps I ever attended was in Shenandoah, Va. The reason I attended was because Eddie Robinson was going to be there. ... He stood for all the right things." - Washington coach Tyrone Willingham.
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