Robinson warmed by today’s honor

Posted by on December 8, 2013 – 3:05 pm


The freezing conditions in Green Bay couldn’t chill Dave Robinson’s elation today after seeing his name unveiled in gold letters on the green façade at Lambeau Field, alongside his fellow Pro Football Hall of Famers who played for the Packers.

It wasn’t the lone cause for his jubilation, which prompted tears from the sturdy former linebacker as he spoke from midfield to bundled fans during a halftime ceremony. Robinson was also presented a sparkling Hall of Fame ring. While speaking on the field, he wore his gold Hall of Fame jacket, presented to him in Canton when he was enshrined on Aug. 3. To help celebrate the event, his bronze bust was shipped to Green Bay.

After the ceremony and sheltered from the cold, he reflected on how today’s event touched him, and also spoke of his playing days.

“I try not to be an emotional guy, but to get this ring, have my name on it and have my name here at Lambeau Field, all I can say is how sweet it is,” he said. “I’m very fortunate to have been in the 50th anniversary class at the Hall of Fame. Our ring is a little different than the others.”

Robinson wore his new HOF ring on his right hand. On his left he wore his Super Bowl I ring from the 1966 season. Just as important to him, however, was seeing his name mounted at the legendary stadium.

“As much as it means to have my bust in Canton, I’m just as proud to have my name here at Lambeau Field,” he said. “It’ll be up there as long as the stadium will be here, and it will be here for a long, long time.”

To receive the ring today, rather than the day of his enshrinement, also was perfect timing for Robinson.

“Part of you is at Lambeau Field, part of you is there forever,” he said. “There’s my blood, sweat and tears here. To get it at Canton would have been nice, but to get it here at Lambeau Field is the greatest thing in the world. Green Bay is my adopted hometown.”

Robinson played for the Packers from 1963-72, and he was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1960s. He was a starter on the Green Bay teams that won three-straight NFL Championships (’65-67), including Super Bowls I and II to complete that streak.

Robinson was part of the famed left side of Coach Vince Lombardi’s defense, which included fellow Hall of Fame inductees Willie Davis at defensive end and cornerback Herb Adderley.

Robinson shivered through the ceremony at halftime, but following it he said it was not as cold as the “Ice Bowl,” played Dec. 31, 1967 at Lambeau Field, a landmark game in Packers history when Green Bay defeated the Cowboys, 21-17, with kickoff temperatures at 13 below zero.

“It was cold today, but I didn’t have to worry about missing a tackle,” he said. “And without having my shoulder pads (today), it was cold.”

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