NFL coach to be guest speak at museum banquet

Mike Tomlin, head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Super Bowl Champion, is listed as the keynote speaker during the Eddie G. Robinson museum banquet Feb. 12 at the Assembly Center on the Grambling State University campus at 7 p.m.
Grambling State alumna Kingi Knox will serve as mistress of ceremonies.Knox will share the stage with Hall of Fame members Willie Brown and Willie Davis, along with famed quarterbacks Doug Williams and James Harris.

Various coaches and players from across the country have planned to be in attendance to participate in the celebration of the life and legacy of Eddie G. Robinson.

The grand opening for the museum will kick off Saturday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. The museum is located on the Grambling State University campus, adjacent to Lee Hall.

Robinson coached football at GSU from 1941 to 1997; he was named NCAA Division I Football’s all-time “winningest” coach, winning 408 games. He saw more than 80 percent of his 4,000 athletes graduate and more than 200 of them play professional football.

Act 1368 of the 1999 Legislative Session recognized that it was appropriate to establish a museum at Grambling to honor the legendary football coach.

“We are hopeful that the eyes of the football world will be on Grambling for the dedication of this museum which will honor a true Louisiana legend,” said Jay Dardenne, Louisiana secretary of state.

There are a limited number of tickets available for the banquet. For additional information, contact Wilbert Ellis at (318) 614-8716 or John Belton at (318) 680-6904.