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Edward N. (Robbie) Robinson
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Brown
Graduating Year: 1896
  • Nebraska Head Coach, 1896-97
  • Nebraska Record: 11-4-1 (.719)
  • Overall Record: 174-94-14 (.642)
  • College Football Hall of Fame Coach (1955)
  • Nebraska Football Hall of Fame Coach (1971)

Edward N. "Robbie" Robinson recorded a .719 winning percentage in two seasons, and his 1896 team was the first to undergo mandatory physical examinations.

During Robinson's two-year stay in Lincoln, his 1897 Nebraska club won its first outright conference title with a 3-0-0 mark in the Western Inter-State University Foot Ball Association. That NU club finished with a 5-1-0 overall record with its only loss coming in the season opener to Iowa State in Ames, 10-0.

While Robinson's career at Nebraska is brief, his storied legacy as part of Brown University's athletic program earned him a place in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955. Robinson has been officially regarded as the "father of Brown football" by the school, a label that is made more impressive by the fact that John Heisman made a name for himself at the school.

An 1896 graduate of Brown, Robinson earned nine varsity letters for the bears, including four in football, three in baseball and two in track. Upon his graduate, he took his first coaching job at Nebraska in 1896 and led NU to a 6-3-1 record in his first season.

After posting a strong 5-1 campaign at Nebraska in 1898, Robinson returned to Brown to coach his alma mater from 1898 to 1901. He left Brown briefly to become the head coach for the Maine Black Bears in 1902, leading the team to a 6-2 record. He returned to the head coaching position at Brown from 1904 to 1907, and again took the reins as head coach from 1910 to 1925.

In his 24 years as Brown's head coach head coach, he posted a 157-88-3 record. Along the way, his 1915 Brown Bears earned a trip to the Rose Bowl.

Robinson was born Oct. 15, 1873, in Lynn, Mass., and passed away on March 10, 1945. 

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