The son of legendary coach Eddie G. Robinson Sr. died Wednesday night. Eddie G. Robinson Jr. passed away at 8 p.m. at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas due to complications resulting from heart surgery. He was born Oct. 20, 1943, in Baton Rouge.
“It was with deep sorrow that I received word of Eddie Jr.’s passing this evening,” said Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue. “It was only a few days ago that he was home, we talked and he was making visits again. We ask that everyone support the Robinson family in their time of grief.”
Eddie, who shared his father Eddie Robinson Sr.’s life-long love for football and the student-athletes who fondly referred to him as “Coach Jr.,” was a cherished husband to his late wife, Gloria, son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many.
“Our family is grateful for the outpouring of love and support we continue to receive. We ask for your continued prayers as we look to God for our strength and understanding,” said Doris M. Robinson, widow of the late legend and mother of Eddie Jr.
Eddie Jr. cared for his family unfailingly and without complaint and continued to contribute his time and skills to the Grambling State University football program through last season.
It was, perhaps, Eddie Jr.’s passion for sports and the youth that define him best. Each year, he looked forward to hosting summer football camps in honor of his father and enlisting colleagues and friends to impart fundamentals of the sport and life lessons to camp participants.
He received a bachelor’s degree from GSU in 1966 and a master’s from Southern University in 1972.
Eddie Jr. was a former standout, quarterback at GSU in the 60’s. Not only did he coach at Webster High in Minden, Carroll High in Monroe and Grambling High, he also coached the running backs, wide receivers, and quarterbacks at Grambling State University.
He served on the Eddie G. Robinson Museum committee and Friends of Eddie G. Robinson.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time.