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Coach Eddie Robinson

Coach Eddie Robinson


February 13, 2019, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Coach Eddie Robinson (1919-2007).  Robinson, a native of Jackson, Louisiana, coached the football team at Grambling State University from 1941-1997.  During his tenure, he became the first NCAA coach to win 400 games and ended his career with a total of 408 wins.  He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.  Learn more about his life, career, and legacy with some of our best stories on Coach Rob:


Bayou Classic


The Classic Battle (1982)

In this episode of Folks, see a preview of the Bayou Classic Game between Grambling State University and Southern University.



Coach Eddie Robinson Day


Eddie Robinson Day (1983)

In this episode of Louisiana: The State We’re In, see the celebrations in Grambling following Coach Robinson’s 300th win.



Coach Eddie Robinson and Chef John Folse


A Taste of Louisiana with Chef John Folse & Company (1992)

Watch Coach Robinson join Chef John Folse in the kitchen to prepare a Plum Pie and discuss the Bayou Classic.


Coach Eddie Robinson on Louisiana Legends


Louisiana Legends (1995)

See Coach Robinson discuss his early life and coaching career in this interview with host Gus Weill.



Former Grambling Player Willie Brown


Oral History Interviews (2009-2010)

View oral history interviews conducted for the Eddie G. Robinson Museum, including interviews with former Grambling players Willie Brown and Doug Williams.


Eddie Robinson: A Life Celebrated


Eddie Robinson: A Life Celebrated (2010)

Watch this LPB documentary chronicling the life and career of Coach Robinson and the opening of the Eddie G. Robinson Museum in Grambling.


Statue of Eddie Robinson at the Eddie Robinson Museum


Eddie G. Robinson Museum (2016)

In this episode of Louisiana: The State We’re In, take a tour of the Eddie G. Robinson Museum on the campus of Grambling State University.