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In 1977, New York hosted the first day of another draft. For the first time in a long time, the league reduced the number of rounds - from seventeen to twelve. In this format, the event was held until 1992, when there were seven rounds. The Buccaneers were the first to take the running student star Ricky Bell. He failed to become an NFL legend. Already in 1982, Bell ended his career due to pain caused by a rare disease. Two years later, he died of a heart attack, he was only 29 years old.


On the same day, the 1979 draft was opened. The first peak on it belonged to Buffalo, who traded it with Niners for OJ Simpson. The Bills chose linebacker Tom Cousineau, the star of the Ohio State, but he refused to sign a contract with the club and left to play in Canada. Cousineau returned to the NFL in 1982 and managed to spend six years in the league with the Cleveland and San Francisco teams.


Seventy-nine years old today marks Dave Robinson, linebacker Packers and Redskins, a member of the Student and Professional Football Halls of Fame.


Richard David Robinson was born on May 3, 1941 in Mount Holly, New Jersey. At school, he played basketball very well, for three seasons of performances, his team did not suffer a single defeat. After graduating from it, Dave went to the University of Pennsylvania. As part of Nittany Lyons, he played as a receiver and di-end, in 1962 he was part of the NCAA national team.


In 1963, Robinson was drafted immediately in three leagues. He was picked by the Packers in the first round at the NFL draft, in the third at the AFL, in the third, and in the Canadian League the rights to the player went to Montreal. Dave thought he would go play in San Diego, but the club did not have free money and Robinson was immediately exchanged in Buffalo. He also did not have the chance to play for the Bills, but for another reason: Dave's bride had previously been to the city and she did not like that it was very cold there. In her misfortune, she had never been to Green Bay, where Robinson went to play.




In Packers, Dave changed his position and began playing as a linebacker. Together with the legendary Ray Nitschke and Lee Roy Caffey, they made one of the best triples in league history. In Green Bay, Robinson performed until 1972. Three times in a row, from 1965 to 1967, he became the NFL champion, was a member of the team that won the first two Super Bowls. Two more years, Dave played for Redskins, leaving Green Bay due to disagreements with the new head coach Dan Devine.


Even when he was a player, Dave spent the off-season working as an engineer. After completing his career, he worked for ten years at a brewery in Milwaukee, then opened his business in Ohio. From 2001 to 2006, he was engaged in the sale of artificial grass. Now Robinson is on a well-deserved vacation.

Jimmy
American Football Writer

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