was honored at his alma mater, Moorestown High School, during an unforgettable “Hometown Hall of Famers™” ceremony. The Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company joined the students, staff, and community members of Moorestown, NJ as they gathered to recognize the legendary Packers linebacker on Thursday, Dec. 5.
Moorestown Principal Drew Seibel began the ceremony by introducing the school's chorus, The Magicals, which sang the national anthem. Following the Robinson highlight reel, Principal Seibel introduced the speakers, Allstate representative, Brian Zimmerman, and Pro Football Hall of Fame representative, George Veras. Zimmerman touched on the Hometown Hall of Famers program and discussed Allstate's commitment to local communities. Veras then spoke to students about the importance of working hard to achieve their goals.
Robinson's former high school coach, Dick Loring, introduced Robinson who made his entrance through a tunnel created by the Moorestown High School cheerleaders and football team. Robinson accepted the plaque and stated, "[today is] one of the best days of my life." Robinson went on to recall his years at Moorestown High School and stressed to the students the importance of academics and studying, telling the students, "Work hard and don't be ho-hum. Do whatever is called of you." Robinson happily accepted the “Hometown Hall of Famers™” plaque in the presence of his family.
Following the ceremony, the students flocked to Robinson to snap photos of the Hall of Famer. The students along with the school administration were thankful for the plaque as a new addition to their school.
An offensive/defensive end at Penn State University, Robinson was a first round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in the 1963 NFL Draft. After his first season, Robinson became the starting left side linebacker for the Packers and remained in that role with the team through 1972. Robinson played on two Super Bowl championship teams and won a total of three NFL titles with the Packers. A member of the NFL’s All Decade Team of the 1960s, he was voted to three Pro Bowls and the Outstanding Lineman of the 1968 Pro Bowl.
During his 12-year career, Robinson intercepted 27 passes which he returned for 449 yards and one touchdown. He earned All-NFL honors three times from 1967 through 1969, and was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1982. Robinson finished his career with two final seasons with the Washington Redskins in 1973-1974.
Robinson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
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