Eddie G. RobinsonAccomplishments

Coach Robinson compiled so many outstanding achievements and accomplishments during his 57-year coaching career. Some of his 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

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The Eddie G. Robinson Museum is a landmark that officially recognizes the outstanding contributions to the state of Louisiana, the nation, the world and the game of football made by Coach Eddie G. Robinson.  - more