Johnny Robinson (safety)

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Johnny Robinson
No. 42
Position: Safety
Personal information
Born: (1938-09-09) September 9, 1938 (age 79)
Delhi, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: LSU
NFL Draft: 1960 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
AFL draft: 1960 / Round: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 7x Pro Bowls ('63,'64,'65,'66,'67,'68,'70) [(National Football League/American Football League reference statistics)]
  • 57 career interceptions NFL interceptions leader (1970)
  • 5x Interception leader of the Chiefs [(Kansas City Chiefs Record book)]
  • Retired as interception leader of the Kansas City Chiefs [(Kansas City Chiefs Records)]
  • 18 career touchdowns [(National Football League Statistics Records)]
  • 3× AFL Championships '62,'66,'69AFL champion (1962, 1966, 1969)
  • Super Bowl IV Championship Super Bowl champion (IV)
  • 6× First-team All-AFL/All-ProAll-AFL / All-Pro (['65,'66,'67,'68,'69,'70 All-AFL/All-Pro National Football League Reference])
  • 2× Second-team All-AFL/All-Pro (1963, 1964)
  • 2x AFL /NFL Interception Leader of the Year '66,'70NFL interception leader (1966)(1970)
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame's AFL All-Time Team AFL All-Time Team
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame's Combined Team of the Decade 1960s [{Pro Football Hall of Fame Combined Team of Decade 1960s})]
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame's First All-Pro Team First Team [([{Pro Football Hall of Fame First All-Pro Team)}]
  • Kansas City Chiefs Hall of FameKansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame
  • Kansas City Chiefs All-Time Team [(Kansas City Chiefs All-time Team)]
  • Silver Anniversary Super Bowl Team [(Kansas City Chiefs)]
  • All-Time Super Bowl Team, Nominee [(National Football League)]
  • Missouri Sports Hall of Fame[(Missouri Sports Hall of Fame)}
  • Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame [(Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame)]
  • LSU Sports Hall of Fame [(Louisiana State University Sports Hall of Fame)]
  • LSU Team of the Century [(Louisiana State University Sports Hall of Fame)]
  • 1958 undefeated National Championship Football Team [(NCAA National Collegiate Football Records)] (LSU Football Records)]
  • 2x All-SEC Conference FootballSEC (1958)
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions: 57
Interception yards: 741
Defensive touchdowns: 2
Offensive touchdowns: 15
Player stats at

Johnny Nolan Robinson (born September 9, 1938) is a former American football safety. He played college football at Louisiana State University (LSU), where he was a member of the national championship-winning 1958 LSU Tigers football team.

Robinson played his entire career for the Dallas Texans / Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League (AFL) and later the National Football League (NFL). He led the AFL in interceptions with 10 in 1966, and led the NFL in 1970 with 10. He had 57 interceptions over his career.

Robinson was a member of the Texans in their 1962 20–17 double-overtime victory over the two-time defending AFL Champion Houston Oilers in the longest professional football league championship game ever played. He played in Super Bowl I in 1967. In Super Bowl IV, the underdog Chiefs defeated the Minnesota Vikings, 23–7. Late in the first half, Robinson picked up a Minnesota fumble and made an interception in the second half to help seal the win.

Robinson retired in the summer of 1972 prior to training camp after playing for twelve years. He played offense his first two years and was a spectacular running back and flanker. He was moved to safety after his second year and continued as a standout safety for ten of his twelve years. His last game came on Christmas Day 1971, when the Chiefs lost to the Miami Dolphins 27–24 after 22 minutes, 40 seconds of overtime. He suffered a career ending injury that game. The game remains (through the 2017 NFL season) the longest game in NFL history. That contest was also the Chiefs' last game in Kansas City's Municipal Stadium. Robinson thus played in the sport's longest championship game in 1962 and in its absolute longest game, each game closing out professional football in its respective stadium.

Robinson was a seven-time First Team All-AFL / All-Pro and three-time Second Team All-AFL / ALL-Pro selection who played that Super Bowl game with three broken ribs. Robinson also played in Super Bowl I making nine tackles that game. Five times the interception leader of the Chiefs, Robinson redefined the role of safety in Professional Football, according to the late Jack Kemp and John Hadl. A member of the All-time All-AFL Team and one of only twenty players who were in the American Football League for its entire ten-year existence, he was a member of a team that won three division titles, three league championships and a World Championship. The Chiefs had a 35–1–1 record in games that Robinson made an interception. He intercepted in all three AFL championship games and Super Bowl IV for victories. His team never lost to the Raiders, Chargers, Oilers, Broncos, Patriots, Jets or Dolphins when Robinson made an interception [(National Football League reference statistics)}.

He was an all-state football, tennis and baseball player in high school. Johnny became starting fullback in his freshman year at U-High. Robinson and his older brother, Tommy, won the national boys junior tennis championship when they were at University High School at LSU where their father, Dub Robinson, was the longtime (40 years) LSU tennis coach. At LSU, he won the SEC tennis championship in singles and SEC doubles championship with his brother Tommy.

Robinson founded (1980) and operates a youth home (Johnny Robinson's Boys Home) for troubled boys in Monroe, Louisiana, and has been a long-time supporter of children's causes.[1]

Robinson is an inductee of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. In 2003, he was named to the Professional Football Researchers Association Hall of Very Good in the association's inaugural HOVG class.[2]

Professional statistics[edit]

Season League Team Games Int Yds TDs Long
1960 AFL Dallas Texans 14 - - - -
1961 AFL Dallas Texans 14 - - - -
1962 AFL Dallas Texans 14 4 25 0 20
1963 AFL Dallas Texans 14 3 41 0 19
1964 AFL Kansas City Chiefs 10 2 17 0 17
1965 AFL Kansas City Chiefs 14 5 99 0 50
1966 AFL Kansas City Chiefs 14 10 136 1 29
1967 AFL Kansas City Chiefs 14 5 17 0 10
1968 AFL Kansas City Chiefs 14 6 40 0 16
1969 AFL Kansas City Chiefs 14 8 158 0 33
1970 NFL Kansas City Chiefs 14 10 155 0 57
1971 NFL Kansas City Chiefs 14 4 53 0 29
Career AFL/NFL Texans/Chiefs 164 57 741 1 57



  1. ^ Hilburn, Chet (2012). The Mystique of Tiger Stadium: 25 Greatest Games: The Ascension of LSU Football. Bloomington, Indiana: WestBow Press. p. 32. ISBN 978-1-4497-5269-9. 
  2. ^ "Hall of Very Good". Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Johnny Robinson AFL & NFL Football Statistics". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 31, 2016.