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Dave Robinson Credits Paterno, Engle in Hall of Fame Speech

Dave Robinson hasn’t played football for Penn State in more than half a century, but he hasn’t forgotten about his time in Happy Valley.

The 72-year-old defensive end-turned-linebacker predates “Linebacker U” but should be considered as one of the best defensive players in Penn State history. Robinson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997 and attained All-American status in his 1962 senior season while earning a Civl Engineering degree.

This weekend, Robinson became the sixth Penn Stater to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, joining Jack Ham, Franco Harris, August Michalske, Lenny Moore, and Mike Munchak. Robinson played ten seasons with the Green Bay Packers, winning two Super Bowls and three NFL Championships while recording 27 interceptions and being named to three Pro Bowls.

Robinson paid homage to his Nittany Lion roots during his Hall of Fame induction speech this Saturday in Canton:

“(My high school coaches) directed me towards Penn State, the Pennsylvania State University, one of the biggest things in my life,” Robinson said in his induction speech on Saturday. “There I met the legendary Joe Paterno and Rip Engle, and they taught me a lot about football. They took a diamond in the rough and made me a football player, and for them, I thank them.”

“However, both Rip and Joe, JP White, and Jim O’Hare, all those coaches and the whole staff have passed on. But I hope they’re looking down on me now. I want to say to them, thank you very much.”

You can watch Robinson’s entire speech here.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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