Robinson steals the show


Class of 2013 enshrinee  Dave Robinson was one of the best ever when it came to covering receivers in the defensive backfield. The three-time All-Pro linebacker was typically matched up against a tight end, much to the frustration of the opposing team.

The results were a key ingredient to the Green Bay Packers’ dominant defense in the 1960s when they won three NFL championships in a row (1965-67) and enjoyed victories in Super Bowls I and II with Robinson. By the end of his career, that included two final seasons with the Washington Redskins, Robinson intercepted 27 passes. That total currently ranks him fifth among all linebackers enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Here’s how Robinson’s interception numbers stacks up against the 22 linebackers immortalized in Canton.

  Hall of Famer G Int Yds. Avg. TD
1T Nick Buoniconti 183 32 312 9.8 0
1T Jack Ham 162 32 218 6.8 1
3 Sam Huff 168 30 381 12.7 2
4 Jack Lambert 146 28 243 8.7 0
5T Willie Lanier 149 27 440 16.3 2
5T Dave Robinson 155 27 449 16.6 1
7T Bobby Bell 168 26 479 18.4 6
7T Ted Hendricks 215 26 332 12.8 1
9 Ray Nitschke 190 25 385 15.4 2
10 Joe Schmidt 155 24 294 12.3 2
11 Dick Butkus 119 22 116 7.5 0
12 Chuck Bednarik 169 20 268 13.4 1
13 Chris Hanburger 187 19 347 18.3 2
14 Bill George 173 18 144 8.0 0
15 Les Richter 112 16 206 12.9 0
16 Dave Wilcox 153 14 149 10.6 1
17 Harry Carson 173 11 212 19.9 0
18 Lawrence Taylor 184 9 134 14.9 2
19 Rickey Jackson 227 8 68 8.5 0
20T George Conner 90 7 66 9.4 0
20T Mike Singletary 179 7 44 6.3 0
22T Derrick Thomas 169 1 20 20.0 0
22T Andre Tippett 151 1 42 42.0 0

Here is a listing of each of Robinson’s career picks. Robinson's team had a 21-5 record when recording an interception.

Date Opponent (Score) INT Yards TDs Quarterback
Oct. 31, 1965 at Chicago Bears (L, 10-31) 1 41 0 Rudy Bukich
Nov. 21, 1965 at Minnesota Vikings (W, 38-13) 1 13 0 Fran Tarkenton
Dec. 12, 1965 at Baltimore Colts (W, 42-27) 1 87 0 Gary Cuozzo
Sept. 25, 1966 Los Angeles Rams (W, 24-13) 1 14 0 Roman Gabriel
Oct. 2, 1966 Detroit Lions (W, 23-14) 1 6 0 Milt Plum
Oct. 9, 1966 at San Francisco 49ers (L, 20-21) 1 23 0 George Mira
Nov. 20, 1966 Chicago Bears (W, 13-6) 1 6 0 Rudy Bukich
Dec. 4, 1966 San Francisco 49ers (W,20-7) 1 11 0 John Brodie
Oct. 1, 1967 Atlanta Falcons (W, 23-0) 1 4 0 Randy Johnson
Oct. 22, 1967 at New York Giants (W, 48-21) 2 0 0 Fran Tarkenton
Nov. 26, 1967 at Chicago Bears (W, 17-13) 1 12 0 Jack Concannon
Sept. 22, 1968 Minnesota Vikings (L, 13-26) 1 0 0 Joe Kapp
Oct. 28, 1968 at Dallas Cowboys (W, 28-17) 1 18 0 Don Meredith
Sept. 27, 1970 Atlanta Falcons (W, 27-24) 1 13 0 Bob Berry
Oct. 12, 1970 at San Diego Chargers (W, 22-20) 1 20 0 John Hadl
Sept. 26, 1971 Denver Broncos (W, 34-13) 1 20 0 Don Horn
Oct. 3, 1971 Cincinnati Bengals (W, 20-17) 1 23 0 Ken Anderson
Nov. 7, 1971 at Chicago Bears (W, 17-14) 1 1 0 Bobby Douglass
Sept. 17, 1972 at Cleveland Browns (W, 26-10) 1 7 0 Mike Phipps
Dec. 3, 1972 Detroit Lions (W, 33-7) 1 3 0 Greg Landry
Oct. 14, 1973 at New York Giants (W, 21-3) 1 28 1 Norm Snead
Oct. 21, 1973 St. Louis Cardinals (W, 31-13) 1 39 0 Jim Hart
Nov. 5, 1973 at Pittsburgh Steelers (L, 16-21) 1 10 0 Terry Hanratty
Nov. 22, 1973 at Detroit Lions (W, 20-0) 1 21 0 Bill Munson
Nov. 3, 1974 at Green Bay Packers (W, 17-6) 1 0 0 Jack Concannon
Nov. 28, 1974 at Dallas Cowboys (L, 23-24) 1 29 0 Roger Staubach
CAREER TOTAL   27 449 1  

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