Over the weekend Dave Robinson, 71, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Robinson is the 6th Nittany Lion to be enshrined in Canton, OH joining Jack Ham, Franco Harris, Mike Michalske, Lenny Moore, and Mike Munchak. Penn State is one of only 11 schools to have more than five former players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Robinson played in the early 60s for Penn State and was a three time letterman and a first-team All-American in 1962 for the Lions.
In addition to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Robinson is also a member of the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame, College Football Hall of Fame, the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and honorable mention on Victory Bell Rings’ list of top Super Bowl performances by a PSU player. Robinson was the 1962 Gator Bowl MVP while playing offense and defense for the Nittany Lions. Penn State went 24-8 when Robinson started, and he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering.
While at Penn State, Robinson was the only African-American on the team and said in an interview with Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel that he was unable to eat with the team when they played teams in the south. Robinson also mentioned in the interview he would prefer one of his former coaches present him in the ceremony August 3rd but “Lombardi is gone, my college coach, Joe Paterno, just passed.”
Dave Robinson was selected three times to the Pro Bowl, twice was an AP All-Pro, and won three NFL Championships (including Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II). He was also named to the NFL’s All-60s team at linebacker. During his 12 seasons in the NFL, Robinson played 127 out of 140 games for the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins. He stood out at the linebacker position on teams with four other Hall of Fame linebackers while with the Packers.
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