Johnny Robinson

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Johnny Robinson

12 Seasons
164 Games
7 Pro Bowls
57 Career INTs
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12

Seasons

164

Games

7

Pro Bowls

57

Career INTs
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“Football is a brotherhood that you will always carry with you…the locker room creates a bond for life.”

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(Louisiana State)...6'1'', 205...Drafted 1st round of 1960 AFL Draft by Dallas Texans ... All-AFL, All-Pro First Team Selection for '65, '66. '67, '68, '69 and '70 ... Named to AFL ALL-Time Team ... Intercepted 10 passes in '66 to lead AFL and 10 passes in '70 to lead the NFL ... Born September 9, 1938 in Delhi, LA.

BIO

Johnny Robinson Kansas City Chiefs & Dallas Texans (NFL)

“Football is a brotherhood that you will always carry with you…the locker room creates a bond for life.”

Johnny Robinson was drafted by the Dallas Texans (who became the Kansas City Chiefs) in the 1960 AFL Draft. The All-Conference running back at LSU was also drafted in the NFL with the third overall pick by the Detroit Lions but chose to sign with upstart league. He excelled as a halfback (1960-61) and safety (1962-1971) during his 12-year career.

Robinson, as a halfback during the franchise’s first two seasons, rushed for 658 yards and six TDs on 150 carries and caught 77 passes for 1,228 yards and nine scores. He was switched to the defensive secondary by Coach Hank Stram as it was felt Robinson’s size, speed, aggressiveness and leadership were better suited at safety. In just his second game at the new position, he snagged two interceptions against the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 23, 1962. He recorded a pair of interceptions again, in the 1962 AFL Championship Game to help the Texans to 20-7 victory over the Houston Oilers to claim the league title.

Robinson was the third-leading interceptor in AFL history with 43 picks and was named to the AFL’s All-Time Team. He was also recognized as a member of an All-Pro (NFL & AFL) Team of the decade. By the time his career came to an end in 1971, his 57 career interceptions ranked first in team history. He led the AFL in picks with 10 in 1966 and topped the NFL in 1970 with 10. Opponents soon learned that an interception by Robinson equated to a certain loss. The Texans/Chiefs recorded a remarkable 35-3-1 record in games when he had an interception.

Robinson was named All-AFL five straight seasons (1965-69), All-Pro, 1969 and All-NFL, 1970. He was voted to the AFL All-Star Game six times and to the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl following the 1970 season.

STATS

Johnny Robinson's Stats

 

 

 

Interceptions

Rushing

Receiving

Year

Team

G

No.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

No.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

No.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

1960

Dallas

14

0

0

0.0

0

98

458

4.7

4

41

611

14.9

4

1961

Dallas

14

0

0

0.0

0

52

200

3.8

2

35

601

17.2

5

1962

Dallas

14

4

25

6.3

0

 

 

 

 

1

16

16.0

0

1963

Kansas City

14

3

41

13.7

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1964

Kansas City

10

2

17

8.5

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1965

Kansas City

14

5

99

19.8

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1966

Kansas City

14

10

136

13.6

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1967

Kansas City

14

5

17

3.4

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1968

Kansas City

14

6

40

6.7

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1969

Kansas City

14

8

158

19.8

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1970

Kansas City

14

10

155

15.5

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1971

Kansas City

14

4

53

13.3

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Career Total

164

57

741

13.0

1

150

658

4.4

6

77

1228

15.9

9

 
Additional Career Statistics: Passing: 1-0, 1 INT; Punt Returns: 21-272, 1 TD; Kickoff Returns: 3-54; Fumble Recovery for TD: 1  
 



CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Johnny Robinson's Championship Games

Championship Games

1962 AFL – Dallas Texans 20, Houston Oilers 17 (2 OT)

Robinson did not start but played.  He intercepted two passes for 50 yards.

1966 AFL – Kansas City Chiefs 31, Buffalo Bills 7

Robinson started at free safety. He intercepted one pass for 72 yards.

1969 AFL – Kansas City Chiefs 17, Oakland Raiders 7

Robinson started at free safety. He had one tackle, one assist and one pass defensed. 

 

Super Bowls

Super Bowl I – Green Bay Packers 35, Kansas City Chiefs 10

Robinson started at free safety. He had six tackles and three assists.

Super Bowl IV – Kansas City Chiefs 23, Minnesota Vikings 7

Robinson started at right safety. He had two tackles, one fumble recovery and one interception returned for nine yards.



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Johnny Robinson's Career Highlights

Pro Bowls

(7) – 1964A, 1965* A, 1966 A, 1967 A, 1968 A, 1969 A, 1971

AAFL All-Star Game   * Did not play

           

In the NFL Record Book (at time of his retirement following the 1971 season)

  • [2nd] Most Season Leading League in Interceptions – 2 (1966, 1970)

 

AFL/AFC Conference Championship Records

  • [1st] Most Interception Return Yardage, Career – 122
  • [1st] Most Interception Return Yardage, Game – 72 (vs. Buffalo, 1966)
  • [1st] Longest Interception Return Yardage – 72 (vs. Buffalo, 1966)
  • [Tied for 1st] Most Interceptions, Career – 3
  • [Tied for 1st] Most Interceptions, Game – 2 (vs. Houston, 1962)
  • [Tied for 1st] Most Games on Winning Team – 3 (1962, 1966, 1969)

 

Team Records

Chiefs records held by Robinson

(Records through the 1971 season, Robinson’s final season with Kansas City)

  • [1st] Most Seasons – 12 
  • [1st] Most Seasons Leading League in Interceptions – 2 (1966, 1970)
  • [1st] Most Interceptions, Career – 57
  • [1st] Most Interception Return Yardage, Career – 741
  • [Tied for 1st] Most Interceptions, Season – 10 (1966, 1970)
  • [2nd] Most Receiving Yards, by a Running Back, Game – 130 (vs. Buffalo Dec. 18, 1960)
  • [2nd] Most Points, Non-Kickers, Rookie Season – 54 (1960)
  • [2nd] Most Touchdowns, Rookie Season – 8 (1960)
  • [2nd] Most Games, 100 or More Receiving Yards by a Running Back, Career – 3
  •  [2nd] Most Receiving Yards, Rookie, Season – 611 (1960)
  • [2nd] Highest Receiving Average, Game (3 receptions) – 40.00 (3-120, vs. N.Y. Titans, Oct. 2, 1960)
  • [Tied for 2nd] Most Games, 100 or More Receiving Yards by a Running Back, Season – 2 (1960)
  • [Tied for 2nd] Most Interceptions, Game – 3 (at Baltimore Sept. 28, 1970)

 

Postseason Records

  • [1st] Most Games, Career – 8 
  • [1st] Most Interceptions, Career – 4
  • [1st] Most Interception Return Yardage, Career – 131
  • [1st] Most Interception Return Yardage, Game – 72 (vs. Buffalo, 1966)
  • [1st] Longest Interception Return Yardage – 72 (vs. Buffalo, 1966)
  • [Tied for 1st] Most Interceptions, Game – 2 (vs. Houston Dec. 23, 1962)
  • [3rd] Most Interception Return Yardage, Game – 50 (vs. Houston Dec. 23, 1962)
  • [3rd] Longest Interception Return Yardage – 37 (vs. Houston Dec. 23, 1962)

 

League/Team Statistical Titles

NFL Statistical Championships

Interceptions Titles: 1970

 

AFL Statistical Championships

Interceptions Titles: 1966

 

AFC Statistical Championships

Interceptions Titles: 1970

 

Team Statistical Championships

Interceptions Titles: 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970

                                                                                                                                                           

Awards and Honors

  • AFL All-Time Team

 

Year-by-Year Team Records

1960     Dallas Texans..................... 8-6-0   (2nd)

1961     Dallas Texans..................... 6-8-0   (2nd)

1962     Dallas Texans.................. 11-3-0   (1st)

1963     Kansas City Chiefs............... 5-7-2   (3rd)

1964     Kansas City Chiefs............... 7-7-0   (2nd)

1965     Kansas City Chiefs............... 7-5-2   (3rd)

1966     Kansas City Chiefs........... 11-2-1   (1st)

1967     Kansas City Chiefs............... 9-5-0   (2nd)

1968     Kansas City Chiefs........... 12-2-0   (1st)

1969     Kansas City Chiefs........... 11-3-0   (2nd)

1970     Kansas City Chiefs............... 7-5-2   (2nd)

1971     Kansas City Chiefs........... 10-3-1   (1st)

(Division Finish in Parentheses)

Qualified for Postseason in Bold

CAREER CAPSULE

Johnny Robinson's Career Capsule

Full Name: Johnny Nolan Robinson

Birthdate: September 9, 1938

Birthplace: Delhi, Louisiana

High School: University (Baton Rouge, LA)

Pro Career: 12 seasons, 164 games

Drafted: 1st round in 1960 AFL Draft by Dallas Texans; also selected by Detroit in 1st (3rd overall) in 1960 NFL Draft.



ENSHRINEMENT SPEECH

Johnny Robinson Enshrinement Speech

Good evening.  It's been 47 years since I last played professional football.  After all this time, I thought I had been forgotten.  I can't tell you how pleased I was to be notified that I had been selected as a Senior Finalist after all these years, but then to receive that knock on the door from David Baker seemed surreal to me.

I think back to when I was a young boy, and all I ever wanted to do was to play ball.  I went to University High School located on the LSU campus.  Because of that, I grew up watching the LSU Tigers play football. 

University High was a very small school, so I was surprised when the LSU coach Paul Dietzel offered me a chance to play football at LSU.  It was a dream‑come‑true story.  I was fortunate enough to play on the 1958 championship team that went undefeated and earned First‑Team All‑SEC honors.  I had many great teammates who became lifelong friends. 

I never dreamed that I would become a professional football player.  I thought that after college I would join the Airforce and become a fighter pilot.  But to my surprise, I was selected the No. 3 overall player in the 1960 Draft.

When I left for my first training camp, I remembered some of my dad's words of wisdom that he taught me: Be a gentleman when you win, be a man when you lose; if you lose, hurt so bad that you work harder so it won't happen again.  Prepare, sacrifice, and give your best.  Bring out the best in others, have faith in the Lord, and always respect your mother.

I was blessed to play with a great franchise and with great players during my career.  Kansas City owner Lamar Hunt and head coach Hank Stram were wonderful, very supportive, and they both showed great faith in me.  I wouldn't have wanted to play with any other team but the Kansas City Chiefs.  That was where I wanted to be.

Fifty‑nine years ago was my first pro football game.  That's a long time.  I remember playing like it was yesterday.  I played in Super Bowl I and again in Super Bowl IV. 

In my last game, I suffered an injury, and I ended up spending five days in the hospital.  At the time, I had no idea it would be the last game of my career.  That was the 1971 AFL playoff game against the Miami Dolphins on Christmas Day, which is the longest game in professional football history today.

I've been very fortunate to play in some of the most significant games in professional football history.  The journey to the Pro Football Hall of Fame may have been long and the road may have been hard at times, but I found that sometimes you must go through the valley in order to stand upon the mountain.

I used to wonder why I had not been inducted into the Hall of Fame all these years since I was first eligible, but I came to realize that God was in control of my life, and I believed that God wanted me to start my boys home.

In 1980, I answered a call on my life and founded the Johnny Robinson Boys Home in Monroe, Louisiana.  It is a place where boys can make positive life changes and get a fresh start on life.  You will still find me there most every day.

I want to thank my family, friends, coaches and teammates and the Hall of Fame staff, along with the city of Canton, for all your support in making this a very special day in my life.

Also, I want to thank the Lamar Hunt family, the Hank Stram family, Todd Tobias, and a special thank you to my stepson, Bob Thompson, for being my presenter here this evening. 

I also want to thank the Pro Football Hall of Fame voters who selected me for this great honor, for each gold jacket represented on this stage and those who aren't with us, and to each fan who supports the game called football, being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame stands for something that will endure well beyond a player's lifetime.

God gave me the ability to play, and I played it with all my heart.  Thank you.

(Cheers and applause.)