Friday Alabama State signified their search for a head football coach concluded with the announcement of the hiring of Eddie Robinson, Jr.
Robinson, Jr returns to his alma mater to assume the helm of a program where he was a standout on the football field during his playing days.
“I am excited to announce Eddie Robinson, Jr. as Alabama State University’s next Head Football Coach,” Alabama State Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Jason Cable said. “Coach Robinson is a true Hornet that possesses more than 30-plus years of experience at various levels of football. He is a stellar man of vision who has a proven record of success. Coach Robinson intrinsically understands the importance of restoring the winning tradition at ASU. His elite playing experience, leadership capabilities, and his ability to assemble an experienced staff are attributes that will contribute to the next era of success at ‘Bama State.”
In 1998, Robinson became the youngest member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Hall of Fame at just 28 years old, and in 2012, he was recognized as a MEAC/SWAC Challenge Legend.
Robinson was drafted 50th overall (second round) by the Houston Oilers, beginning a laudable 11-year career playing first with Houston (1992-95), Jacksonville (1996-97), Tennessee (1998-2001), and Buffalo (2012) appearing in Super Bowl XXXIV with the Titans in 2000. He finished his NFL career with 805 tackles, 23 sacks and six interceptions and received the Titans Unsung Hero award.
With more than 30-plus years of football experience at various levels, Robinson served as a college football analyst for Fox Sports South, ESPNU, ESPN3 and Comcast Sports South from 2005 to 2014.
“I want to commend Athletic Director Jason Cable for moving swiftly to hire a new head coach,” said President Quinton T. Ross, Jr. “I served as SGA President when Robinson was a scholar-athlete, and saw firsthand his commitment both to athletics and to academics, which propelled him to national prominence as a player in the NFL. Throughout his career and after, he has remained loyal to and engaged with his alma mater. I ask that all of Hornet Nation support alumnus Robinson as he takes the helm of Hornets football. We must all remain focused on and committed to our goal of excellence in every aspect of the University, including ASU athletics.”
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