Another member of the Lombardi era Packers has been enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Former Green Bay Packer Dave Robinson will be part of the 2013 Hall of Fame Class joining Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Warren Sapp, and Curley Culp. Robinson was elected as a part of the senior class voting process. This is a separate voting process from the modern day players and is intended to admit deserving players from past eras who may have unduly overlooked during their time.
Robinson was a first round pick of the Packers in 1963 coming out of Penn State, and was part of the team through the 1972 season. He was a part of three championship teams (1965, 1966, and 1967 – fun fact this was the last time three-peat in the NFL). In addition to his time in Green Bay, Robinson played two seasons in Washington in 1973 and 1974.
Robinson was a large and agile linebacker who maintained a high level of play for twelve years and was a vital part of the Lombardi era defenses. He was a member of the front Packer front seven which held the great Jim Brown to 50 rushing yards in the 1965 NFC Championship game. He had three tackles in Super Bowl I and seven total tackles, a pass defended, and a fumble recovery in Super Bowl II. During his career Robinson went to three Pro Bowls (1967, 1968, and 1970), was named to the All-NFL Team (1967, 1968, and 1969) and is a member of the 1970’s All-Decade Team.
Robinson becomes the 22nd Packer to be elected to the Hall of Fame and the 11th Packer player from the Lombardi era to make it in. Currently the Packers have 22 individuals primarily associated with the organization. There are also five additional Hall of Fame members who played at least a part of their career in Green Bay. The Packers have the second most players enshrined in Canton. The only team with more is the Chicago Bears, who have 27 individuals primarily associated with their organization. The after the Packers with the most enshirees is the Pittsburgh Steelers with 20.
Somehow it seems fitting that Robinson is elected to the Hall of Fame in a year where the Packers need to get bigger and stronger at the linebacker position. If the Packers are able to find a linebacker in the first round like Robinson then they should be in great shape for another championship run. Congratulations to Robinson and his family. It’s always great to see another Packer enshrined.