WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today released the following statement on the passing of former Grambling State University football coach and trailblazer, Eddie Robinson.
"Eddie Robinson started his career at the Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute, what would become Grambling State, with no paid assistant coaches, no grounds keeping staff, no trainers and meager equipment. He was the head coach, the assistant coach, the linesman and even the chef, making sandwiches for his players who were banned from the "white only" restaurants in the South. Daunting challenges for any average football coach trying to create a successful football program. But Eddie Robinson was anything but average.
"He surpassed all odds to bring an unknown school football team into national prominence, send over 200 players to the National Football League, and until recently, hold the record for winningest coach in all of college football. His greatest legacy is shattering racial barriers on his path to success. His commitment to the sport, to the personal success of his players and to equality for African Americans in sports makes him a model for all coaches and leaders, no matter their race or background."