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Former Green Bay Packers great Dave Robinson headed to Hall of Fame

By Bob Evans
Sports Editor

Dave Robinson
Dave Robinson will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August.

It was a dream Dave Robinson thought would never come true.

Last February Robinson received word he will be a member of the 50th class to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton in August.

“I still don’t believe it,” Robinson said during an interview prior to the start of The Legends Foundation banquet held recently at Atwood Lake Resort and Golf Club where he and other former football greats were honored.

“It has been a very emotional time for me. Things have been coming at me from all directions.”

It was a long wait for Robinson – 38 years.

Robinson was a linebacker on the Green Bay Packers first two Super Bowl teams during the 1960’s.

After his retirement he settled in Akron, went into business and waited.

“I have been out of football for a long time and I don’t wish this kind of
wait on anyone.

“When you have waited as long as I have you appreciate it a lot more.”

When the voting was going on, Robinson was in New Orleans with his son.

He and Curly Culp were both voted in by the seniors committee.

“I knew one of us would get in, but not both of us,” Robinson said. “I was very anxious while they were reading the names. The more names that were read the more desperate I got.

“Then I heard my name and I went to the height of ecstasy.”

A number of former NFL players, mostly former Cleveland Browns, were on hand for The Legends dinner.

Don Cockroft, who was a punter and place kicker for the Browns during the 1970’s and 80’s, autographed copies of his new book “The 1980 Kardiac Kids”.

Other notables on hand for the dinner were former Browns Head Coach Sam Rutigliano, Greg Pruitt, Anthony Griggs, Marv Kellum, Tony Jeter and many others.

All proceeds went to provide free NFL training camps for kids and the Toys for Tots campaign.

For more information about The Legends Foundation and the work they do please visit their website at: www.thelegendsfoundation.org.


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