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Dave Robinson thanks his family, coaches

Hall of Fame Football AP

Fifty years from his rookie season, the Pro Football Hall of Fame welcomed Dave Robinson in the door.

And it was a long road for Robinson, who played for legendary coaches, and broke barriers.

He began his speech by wishing happy birthdays to friends and relatives, and leaned on the impact of his family throughout his speech. He thanked his wife for supporting him when they went to Green Bay, when they were one of the few African American families in that part of Wisconsin.

“For me, this is the biggest day ever, the biggest day of the 21st century for the Robinson family,” he said.

Robinson followed the lead of Jonathan Ogden by keeping things light, and keeping it moving, talking for 14 minutes, and joking that some of friends that have passed “may be looking up at me.”

Robinson, one of the keys to Vince Lombardi’s Packers defenses (and the 12th from those teams to make the Hall), was voted in as a veteran’s committee candidate.

He was part of the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 1960s, and finished his career with two seasons with the Redskins.

After playing for Joe Paterno at Penn State, Robinson played for Lombardi and then George Allen.

That kind of coaching helped make him the player he was, but his skills got him to Canton on a special anniversary.

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13 Responses to “Dave Robinson thanks his family, coaches”
  1. johnnyb216 says: Aug 3, 2013 8:38 PM

    The Lombardi Packers always seem to have their head screwed on right. I think a lot of that comes from the fact that his players not only looked at him as their coach, but a father figure as well. Maybe I’m wrong, but I think this may be a big reason he was such a great/successful coach.

  2. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 3, 2013 8:42 PM

    Major congratulations to Dave Robinson. He was before my time, but the old clips you see – DR was a richly deserving HOF enshrinee and a blue chip Lombardi Packer.

  3. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 3, 2013 8:44 PM

    Now the Packers have 22 Hall of Famers!

    The only team ahead of us? The Chicago Bears. ::facepalm::

  4. beedubyatoo says: Aug 3, 2013 9:06 PM

    This points to my age, but I saw him play many games. Not only a great player, but a very classy guy, typical of Lombardi’s players.

  5. quidnuncq says: Aug 3, 2013 9:13 PM

    Long past time to add Jerry Kramer and make it a baker’s dozen from that era.

  6. wmatthew760 says: Aug 3, 2013 9:44 PM

    He played under rip engle at penn state , joe pa was an assistant!

  7. pack13queens0 says: Aug 3, 2013 11:31 PM

    It’s about time he was elected to the Hall.

  8. seanpbeck says: Aug 4, 2013 12:19 AM

    From one Akron, Ohio resident and Scorchers regular to another: congrats, Mr. Robinson!!

  9. daviddmsvcp says: Aug 4, 2013 1:27 AM

    Bravo to you Mr. Dave Robinson. A great player from a great team in a great era of pro football.

    I hope many of your teammates were there to honor you.

    One of the best stories Dave Robinson tells, of the last play in the 1966 NFL championship against the Cowboys. Dave blitzed Don Meredith, and made him throw an interception. But Dave did not follow his assignment, and Lombardi gave him a -2 on that play.

    Awesome!

  10. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 4, 2013 10:28 AM

    Lombardi’s Packer’s should have their own wing in Canton.

    Congrats Dave!

  11. tonyc920 says: Aug 4, 2013 10:38 AM

    From a lifelong GB resident, Congratulations Dave !
    Now, what needs to be done to get Jerry Kramer in the H.O.F. ?

  12. aa1829 says: Aug 4, 2013 12:03 PM

    A Serbian friend, who had no idea who Dave Robinson was, approached him for an autograph a year ago on my behalf, and he was outstandingly gracious. I remember him well. Thanks for the memories Mr. Robinson.

  13. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 5, 2013 4:52 PM

    These old timer HOF inductees like Robinson, seem to have a class and character about them that is much more easy to idolize than what you see in Carter and Sapp. Just sayin’.

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