Dave Robinson is the latest member of Vince Lombardi’s championship Green Bay Packers to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Robinson, a former Penn State standout, was a part of three NFL championships under Lombardi, including the first two Super Bowls. He first became eligible for the hall in 1980 and waited more than three decades before being elected as a senior nominee.
Presented Saturday night by his son, David, Robinson was a prototype outside linebacker who could rush the quarterback, cover tight ends or running backs on pass plays, and stop the run. He made the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 1960s.
After 10 seasons with the Packers, he closed out his career with two seasons in Washington. Robinson made three Pro Bowls.
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He’s the 12th Packer from Lombardi’s era to make the hall, including the coach.
“This is the biggest day of the 21st century for the Robinson family,” he said, adding that he “lives 25 miles from here but it took me 38 years to get here.”
Not quite: Robinson served on the Hall of Fame’s board of directors for 27 years. Now, he has a bust in the museum.
“I never dreamt about the Hall of Fame” when he was at Penn State, he joked. “There wasn’t even a Hall of Fame when I broke in to the NFL.”
Indeed, Robinson’s rookie season was the year the hall was created, 1963.
“Now, I am immortalized.”
Robinson helped the Nittany Lions to a 24-8 record from 1960-62 under coach Rip Engle, including wins in the 1960 Liberty Bowl and 1961 Gator Bowl.
The two-way end was named MVP of the 1962 Gator Bowl, even though the Lions lost the game to Florida. Robinson is a member of the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame.
A 1962 All-American, Robinson is the 22nd former Penn State player to be enshrined in the pro and college halls of fame.
He is the sixth Nittany Lion to be honored in Canton, joining Jack Ham, Franco Harris, August Michalske, Lenny Moore and Mike Munchak.