Robinson was born February 13, 1919 in Jackson, Louisiana. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Leland College in 1941 and in 1954 earned his Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa. Robinson began coaching at the historically black Grambling State University in 1941 and over the next 56 years compiled a record of 408 wins, 165 losses, and 15 ties.
More than 200 of his players went on to play professional football, including hall of famers Buck Buchanan, Willie Brown, Charlie Joiner, and Willie Davis. Robinson retired in 1997 and was inducted into the National Collegiate Football Hall of Fame that same year. The Football Writers Association of America’s Eddie Robinson Award is given annually to college football’s top head coach in Division I-AA and the Grambling football facility is named Eddie Robinson Stadium.
The Eddie G. Robinson Museum also located at Grambling State University has been established to recognize the extraordinary accomplishements of Coach Robinson by becoming the NCAA Division I football’s all-time winningist coach.