A Brief History
On February 13, 1919, American football legend Eddie Robinson was born in Jackson, Louisiana.
Eddie was born into a working family and earned his BA in English from Leland College at Baker, Louisiana while playing quarterback on their football team. He later earned his MA at the University of Iowa in 1954.
In the meantime, Eddie compiled an incredible record as the football coach at Grambling State University in Louisiana, from 1941 to 1997, amassing a record of 408 wins, 165 losses, and 15 ties. Robinson retired in 1997 and died at the age of 88 in 2007, widely considered to be one of the greatest college football coaches of all time. Of course, he is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Amazingly, Robinson also coached the Grambling basketball team from 1943 to 1956!
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For more information, please see…
Gallot, Mildred. A History of Grambling State University. UPA, 1985.
Godfrey, Buck. My Friend Eddie Robinson: A Memoir About Grambling’s American Coaching Legend. Independently published, 2018.
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