Heart of Louisiana: Eddie Robinson Museum

Heart of Louisiana: Eddie Robinson Museum

(WVUE) - His life began as the son of a sharecropper near the small town of Jackson, LA.  In 1941, he started coaching football at Grambling State College, and over the next 55 years, he became one of the winningest coaches in college football with 408 victories.

"This is a replica of coach's office at home," said Carolyn Collier, who manages the Eddie Robinson Museum at Grambling,

"We talk about those 200-plus players that played in the NFL, but there are hundreds and hundreds who went out and succeeded," Collier said. "Being good men, good family men. Good workers making a great life for themselves and their families."

Coach Robinson broke records - and he broke barriers.

"We have a sign for Holiday Line. And that's becausDe they were one of the first chains that allowed us to stay there.

"When they're getting ready to travel, they had to dress with coat and tie," said  Wilbert Ellis. He said, "'Carry yourself in such a way that people want to know who you are.'"

Ellis was a long-time baseball coach at Grambling and pushed to create the museum. When Robinson decided to start coaching and went looking for a job, there were a lot of colleges he couldn't get a job at because of the color of his skin.

"Well, yeah, but you know, Eddie always said i need to be given a chance no matter where it is.  But he was a drum major for peace, but he also did something like Martin Luther King. He was nonviolent, but he got things done," Ellis said.

As you walk through the museum and learn more about Robinson's accomplishments, you realize he coached far more than football.

"I want you to be number one," Ellis said. "I want you to be the best, not only in athletics, not only in football, baseball, basketball, but I want you develop yourself to become a number one individual a great citizen."

There was no other American like Edide Robinson - a coach who showed his players how to win on the field, and how to win in life.

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