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Eddie Robinson

Louisiana Legends

Details

Collection:LPB

Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, Grambling, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1995-04-2

Duration: 00:26:37

Subjects: ROBINSON, EDDIE | GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY | FOOTBALL | Segregation | Leland College (Baker, La.) | YOUNGER, PAUL "TANK" | NFL | McKinley High School (Baton Rouge, La.) | Jones, Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1905-1982 | National Football League | Football coaches | Sports

Contributors:

  • Williams, Benjamin R. Audio
  • Fourrier, Clay Executive Producer
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Allen, Gary Associate Producer
  • Eaglin, J. Carlos, II Director
  • Weill, Gus Interviewer
  • Robinson, Eddie Interviewee

Description

This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from April 2, 1995, features an interview with Eddie Robinson conducted by Gus Weill. Robinson coached football at Grambling State University, a historically black university, from 1941-1997, where he won 408 games and sent over 200 players to the NFL. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997. Robinson discusses: growing up in Baton Rouge; the early influences in his life, including his football coaches at McKinley High School and Leland College; not being bitter about segregation; getting the head coaching job at Grambling; the influence of Dr. Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones; his player, Paul “Tank” Younger, the first NFL player from a historically black university; his successful career at Grambling; preparing players for the NFL; and his impending retirement.