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What to know about new Alabama State football coach Eddie Robinson Jr.: He’s not related to Grambling legend

What to know about new Alabama State football coach Eddie Robinson Jr.: He’s not related to Grambling legend

What to know about new Alabama State football coach Eddie Robinson Jr.: He’s not related to Grambling legend

Former Alabama State linebacker Eddie Robinson Jr. has been named the new head football coach of his alma mater. Robinson, an NFL veteran and Alabama State great, will be taking the mantle following the Hornets’ 5-6 record this season.

Robinson will take over an ASU football program has not had a winning season since 2015.

Here are five things to know about Robinson:

Not related to the coaching legend

Robinson is not the son of late Grambling State coaching legend Eddie Robinson.

In fact, while he is from Louisiana – born and raised in New Orleans – the new Alabama State coach is not at all related to the late coach.

He is a former Alabama State linebacker

Robinson is no stranger to the culture of Alabama State and the city of Montgomery after playing for ASU during his college football days.

During his time at ASU, Robinson was a standout linebacker, lettering all four years. He won awards such as SWAC Defensive Player of the Year and was featured in the All-SWAC team multiple times.

Robinson helped lead the Hornets to an 11-0-1 record in 1991, when they defeated North Carolina A&T to win the Black College National Championship. Robinson’s ASU career included 233 tackles and 11 sacks.

Played for the Tennessee Titans in the Super Bowl

Robinson was a second-round draft pick in the NFL Draft in 1992. He was drafted by the Houston Oilers 50th overall and started his NFL career with the franchise.

He played for the Oilers/Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills.

During his time with the Titans, Robinson played in Super Bowl XXXIV. Tennessee lost to the Los Angeles Rams. In his time in the pros, Robinson tallied 608 tackles, 23 sacks and six interceptions.

Inducted into MEAC/SWAC Challenge Legends in 2012

In 2012, Robinson was inducted into the MEAC/SWAC Challenge Legends group. Robinson was recognized for his time at Alabama State, including being a three-time All-SWAC selection.

Is a former ESPN and Comcast Sports analyst

After his time in the NFL, Robinson stayed in the college football world by becoming an announcer. From 2006-09, Robinson was featured as a co-host on a regionally-televised sports show, “INSIDE SWAC.”

After that, from 2008-2014, Robinson was a college football analyst for ESPN, ESPNU, ESPN3 and Comcast Sports South.

Inducted into National Football Foundation’s National Scholar-Athletes in 1991

Robinson was inducted into the National Football Foundation’s National Scholar-Athletes in 1991. During his time at Alabama State, Robinson had a 3.58 GPA while studying chemistry and was named to the Academic All-SWAC twice.