The Grambling State University family is mourning the loss of Doris (Mott) Robinson, the spouse of the late Legendary Coach Eddie G. Robinson, Sr.

Family members report that Mrs. Robinson passed away peacefully at 8 a.m. this morning after a brief illness at Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston. The Grambling family is offering its sincerest condolences to Mrs. Robinson’s family and loved ones.


“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Robinson family. The entire GSU family mourns their loss,” Grambling State University President Willie Larkin said.

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Eddie and Doris Robinson

Mrs. Robinson, 96, was an especially beloved figure within the Grambling State University Athletics Department. She was widely known for her attendance at GSU athletic events and will be fondly remembered as the “Matriarch of Grambling Athletics.”

“Mrs. Robinson was truly an iconic figure and fixture among those affiliated with GSU Athletics,” said Interim Athletic Director Obadiah Simmons.  “In addition to attending all of the G-Men’s football games, Mrs. Robinson’s presence at ‘all’ athletic events involving GSU was anticipated, expected and counted upon by the Grambling Family. Mrs. Robinson had a certain aura about her that was accentuated by a very charming personality that she exhibited throughout her lifetime.”

Doris and Eddie Robinson both graduated as English majors from Leland College in 1941. They married the same year and moved to Grambling when Eddie Robinson became the head football coach at what was then Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute. Mrs. Robinson worked as a teacher at Lincoln High School and a counselor at Ruston High School. She was a member of New Rocky Valley Baptist Church in Grambling and The Links, an international, professional service organization for women of color. She was honored in 2014 as a contributor to the Grambling Legends Hall of Fame.

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