The college coaching carousel has captured national headlines in recent days but even some former NFL teammates may have missed the announcement last Friday when NFL alum Eddie Robinson, Jr. (pictured above center) was named new head coach at Alabama State University in Montgomery.
Robinson, 51, is returning to his ASU alma mater where he was an outstanding student-athlete. Robinson, the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Defensive Player of the Year in 1990 and 1991, later became the youngest inductee into the SWAC Hall of Fame at age 28. Off the field, Robinson had a 3.58 GPA while studying chemistry and twice received SWAC All-Academic honors.
Robinson, who was the Houston Oilers second-round draft choice in 1992 and later played linebacker for the Jaguars, Titans and Bills during a 11-year career, has worked during his post-playing days in real estate investments and also has served as a college analyst for several cable networks.
Although Robinson has never coached on the college level, his hiring is being hailed by both faculty and staff at Alabama State.
“We’ve done our due diligence,” says ASU athletic director Dr. Jason Cable. “Eddie has leadership capabilities and is a stellar man of vision with a proven record of success. He’s going to be the football CEO, and we’re going to put an experienced staff around him”.
Coach Robinson, a New Orleans native who is NOT related to the late legendary Grambling coach by the same name, takes over a program that has not had a winning season since 2015. His goal is to bring ASU football back to the high standard it achieved as HBCU champion during Robinson’s senior year when he was co-captain and defensive leader.
Robinson is the third NFL alum to be named a HBCU head coach this year following the successful debuts of Eddie George (Tennessee State) and 2021 SWAC Coach of the Year Deion Sanders (Jackson State).
We at NFL Alumni wish all three men continued success and hope that more NFL alumni will receive the opportunity to show their leadership skills as college and NFL head coaches.