Johnny Robinson (safety)

Johnny Robinson (safety)

name=Johnny Robinson
birthdate=birth date and age|1938|9|9
Delhi, Louisiana
* Dallas Texans / Kansas City Chiefs (1960-1971)
stat2label=INT yards
* 7x Pro Bowl selection (1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970)
* 8x All-Pro selection (1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971)
* AFL All-Time Team

Johnny Nolan Robinson (born September 9, 1938 in Delhi, Louisiana) was an American college and professional football player from Louisiana State University, where he was a member of the national championship winning 1958 LSU Tigers football team. He operates a boys' camp in Monroe, Louisiana, and has been a long-time supporter of children's causes. He was a master thief for the American Football League's Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs, leading the team in interceptions with 10 in 1966, and 58 for his career, a team record.

In Super Bowl IV, the underdog Chiefs defeated the Minnesota Vikings, 23-7. Late in the first half, Robinson picked up a Minnesota fumble to help seal the Viking's fate. With Chiefs rushing to congratulate him, lying on the turf, Robinson symbolically held one finger high to signify that the Chiefs were the best team in professional football. Robinson also had an interception off Joe Kapp in the fourth quarter.

Robinson retired in the summer of 1972 prior to training camp. His last game came on Christmas Day 1971, when the Chiefs lost to the Miami Dolphins 27-24 after 22 minutes, 40 seconds of overtime. It remains (through the 2006 NFL season) the longest game in NFL history. That contest was also the Chiefs' last game in Municipal Stadium.

Robinson was a six-time All-American Football League selection who played that Super Bowl game with three broken ribs. Five times the interception leader on the Chiefs, Robinson redefined the role of the safety in professional football. Opposing quarterbacks soon learned to keep the ball away from him. A member of the All-time All-AFL Team and one of only twenty players who were in the American Football League for its entire ten-year existence. In May 2004 he suffered a heart attack and stroke and is currently recovering.


ee also

*Other American Football League players

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