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Johnny Robinson named Senior Finalist for Hall of Fame Class of 2019 (1 Viewer)


Former Kansas City Chiefs safety Johnny Robinson was selected as the Seniors Finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019. Robinson was picked by the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee who met at the Hall of Fame in Canton today.

Robinson, who was drafted in the first round of the American Football League draft by the Dallas Texans (who later became the Kansas City Chiefs) and third overall pick in the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, played 12 seasons from 1960 to 1971.

“I’m thrilled. I can’t tell you how pleased I am to have been selected,” Robinson shared after he learned the news from Hall of Fame President David Baker.

The LSU product began his pro career as a running back until he switched to safety in his third season. It was at that position that he left an indelible mark on the game as he recorded 57 interceptions over a ten-year span. Twice he picked off 10 passes in a season when he led the AFL in that category in 1966 and the NFL in 1970.

Robinson, a key member of the Chiefs’ dominant defense of that era, was voted to seven Pro Bowls, received all-league recognition six straight years (All-AFL, 1965-69; All-NFL, 1970), and was named to the AFL’s All-Time Team.

He was a member of the 1962 Texans AFL championship team and the 1969 Chiefs who captured the Super Bowl IV championship.

Does anyone have any memories of Johnny Robinson's playing days that may qualify him for the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

I don't have any memories of his playing days, as I wasn't born yet. But, when I was a kid, my uncle had this series of VHS tapes, that were essentially a best of the AFL, and Robinson stood out as much as Ronnie Lott did in the 80's. Robinson is 1 of the 3 best Safeties of all-time in my opinion, and was arguably the best player on a team that went to 2 Super Bowls, including #1, and maybe the best player in Chiefs history. He's the best DB the AFL ever had.

I guess I'm saying, its about time. 


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