Melvin Robertson

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Melvin Robertson
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1928-05-25) May 25, 1928 (age 89)
Playing career
1947–1950 West Texas State
Position(s) Defensive lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
?–1964 Odessa HS (assistant)
1965–1971 Houston (DC)
1972–1978 Texas A&M (DC)
1979–1985 Mississippi State (DC)
1986–1987 SMU (assitant)
1988–1990 Irving MacArthur HS (TX) (DC)
1991–1993 Houston (LB)

Melvin Robertson (born May 25, 1928) is a former American football coach.[1] He was considered as one of the top defensive minds in football during the 1970s and 80s.

"Mad Dog" Robertson began his coaching career as an assistant under Bradley Mills at Odessa High School, before joining Bill Yeoman's staff at the University of Houston as defensive backs coach in 1965. In 1972 Emory Bellard, who had just been named Texas A&M head coach, hired Robertson as defensive coordinator. A&M was ranked No. 1 in total defense in 1975 under Robertson, who was known for his blitz packages. Robertson followed Bellard to Mississippi State in 1979.

"Melvin's got a great reputation in pro football, college football and high school football here in Texas as one of the top defensive coaches in the country," said former University of Houston Head Football Coach John Jenkins.[citation needed]

Robertson is retired and lives in Grapevine, Texas.


  1. ^ Flynt, Mike; Yaeger, Don (2008-10-07). The Senior. Thomas Nelson Inc. pp. 35–. ISBN 978-0-8499-2063-9. Retrieved 20 May 2011.