Coaching legend Eddie Robinson dies at 88

April 4, 2007 at 5:39 PM
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GRAMBLING, La., April 4 (UPI) -- Football coaching legend Eddie Robinson, who had 408 victories in a 56-year career at Louisiana's Grambling State University, has died at the age of 88.

Robinson died late Tuesday. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Robinson coached at Grambling State University from 1941 through 1997 and amassed a 408-165-15 record. The Tigers had two undefeated teams and eight one-loss seasons under Robinson. In the seven-season stretch from 1972-78, Grambling was 69-12-1.

More than 200 players, including Super Bowl XXII most valuable player Doug Williams, went on to NFL careers after Robinson's tutelage. It was Williams who was chosen to replace Robinson when the coach retired in 1997.

The halls of fame that have honored Robinson include: the Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame, the Pop Warner Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, the National Veteran's of Foreign War's Hall of Fame, the National Sports and Physical Education Hall of Fame, the SWAC Hall of Fame, the Blue-Grey All-Star Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. The Eddie Robinson Award is given annually to the most outstanding NCAA football coach in the nation.

Robinson is survived by his wife of 64 years, Doris, and two children.

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