Never Before, Never Again : The Autobiography of Eddie Robinson
Franklin Roosevelt was America's President when Eddie Robinson coached his first game. 57 years later, Robinson left Grambling as the winningest coach in the history of college football. Initially a coach for a segregated society, he has helped football transcend race in the America he loves and treasures. Yet institutionalized racial barriers kept Robinson a secret from white America for more than 25 years until Howard Cosell did an ABC special on Grambling in the late 1960s. Outside of the world of sport, white America still barely knows him. In the African-American community, he is very likely the best-known coach in America. He is surely the most beloved.
Never Before, Never Again chronicles Coach Robinson's life and his time at Grambling University in vivid detail. He overcame all those things that might have predicted that it was not possible for the son of a sharecropper and a domestic worker to become a success. He got a Masters Degree, became the president of the American Football Coaches Association and led thousands of young boys become outstanding men. More than wins, they may be his greatest legacy.
But Coach Robinson's memoir is a social as well as sports history. The book is a lens for readers to see the challenges and turmoil of the civil rights movement from the perspective of a sports figure who worked the playing fields of a black campus while caring deeply about the stakes and outcome of the struggle. The book will place the hard news events in the time frame of the trials of Robinson's Grambling teams of that era. Also included in the book will be the thoughts of other coaches and national leaders on Coach Robinson. Among those to be heard will be college and NFL coaches, Reverend Jesse Jackson, the governor of Louisiana and President Clinton.
Never Before, Never Again stands as a lasting testimony to the work of a true American hero
Quotable Eddie Robinson: 408 Memorable Quotes About Football, Life, and Success, by and About College Football's All-Time Winningest Coach
to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential…
these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence."
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