GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE) - February 13th is a special day for the town of Grambling. Residents are celebrating the 100th birthday of football legend Eddie G. Robinson.
The town, family, and Grambling State University kicked off their year-long celebration on Tuesday. They held a wreath laying at Robinson's grave, which is in Grambling Memorial Gardens.
Family and friends then gathered at GSU's assembly center for a convocation.
Grambling's mayor described Robinson as "Our very own legend."
Robinson became GSU's coach in 1941. A year later, he was already setting records. In 1942, his team went undefeated without allowing a single point.
Students say he was more than a coach. He was a father to so many that needed one.
"A life that molded and shaped hundreds and inspired millions" is how another described Robinson.
Eddie G. Robinson III says it was not always about the game for his grandfather. He says Coach Robinson made sure his players knew the importance of education.
"It was pretty much a requirement to get your degree to be on his team," Robinson III said.
More than 200 GSU football players have moved into professional ranks under Coach Robinson. He was also inducted into the College Hall of Fame.
GSU President Rick Gallot said, "I don't think there's any dispute that Coach Robinson was a good man and he has left an inheritance not only to his children and his children's children and his children's children's children but so many other children."
The family says they will continue to pour into the foundation Coach Robinson has laid. They also say he always broke racial boundaries.
The mayor says they will celebrate Robinson all year. The next event is Community Day on February 14th. It is from 9:00 A.M. to 4 P.M. at the Eddie G. Robinson Museum.
"The football players are the most important people in the world to me. Without them, there would be no me," Coach Robinson once said.