The Syracuse college community and the football world at large continue to mourn Greg Robinson after the news Wednesday that the longtime coach has died at age 70 from complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
Robinson guided the League football team from 2005-2008 through an enduring and influential coaching career that also included back-to-back Super Bowl championships as the Denver Broncos’ defensive coordinator.
Robinson only went 10-37 as Orange’s head coach, but was considered very popular among his players and colleagues for his class and the balance displayed amid struggles and over the years. following concerning his tenure in the League.
He was sacked towards the end of the 2008 season but cleared to coach the last two games, and SU quickly picked up a surprise victory at Notre Dame on the first of those outings to rally his leader for the iconic victory of its mandate.
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Greg Robinson,” Syracuse sporting director John Wildhack said in a written statement. “On behalf of the Syracuse Athletics family, we extend our condolences and support to Laura and the entire Robinson family.”
Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim was among hundreds of other NCAA executives and pros to pay tribute to Robinson via social media over the final day and a half. Boeheim is a football fan and supporter of the Orange program.
“Juli and I send our good thoughts and prayers to Greg Robinson’s wife Laura and their family,” Jim Boeheim said on Twitter. “They did a lot of great work in our community when they lived here and we appreciated their friendship.”
Robinson made an appearance at Watertown in February 2006, speaking to an audience of local high school football players and coaches at the Italian-American Civic Association.
Robinson joined SU after a stint as a defensive coordinator in Texas in 2004, helping produce an 11-1 campaign for the Longhorns and a Rose Bowl victory.
He previously coached in the NFL as the defensive coordinator of the New York Jets (1994), Denver Broncos (1995-2000) and Kansas City Chiefs (2001-03). The Broncos released a statement on Wednesday expressing condolences to the Robinson family on behalf of the franchise.
After his tenure in the SU, Robinson also served as defensive coordinator in Michigan (2009-10) and a second stint in Texas (2013) before ending his coaching career at San Jose State (2014-15).
Former colleagues from almost every stop, including Mack Brown and Rich Rodriguez as coaches, and players like Bill Romanowski and dozens of others have publicly expressed their gratitude for spending time with or under him. its tutelage.
“Very sad to hear of the passing of Greg Robinson,” tweeted Professional Football Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott, who played for the Jets under Robinson in 1994. “An amazing man. Our time with Pete Carroll and the Jets were special, a brotherhood, all sending good thoughts to his family.
Members of the media who have worked closely with Robinson, from those around Syracuse to national columnists like Woody Paige, have also taken the time to pay tribute to Robinson.
Paige, for example, wrote about how Robinson attended Oscar parties at his home while working for the Broncos, among other fun memories that showcase Robinson’s likeable nature in a column for the Colorado Springs Gazette. .
Robinson is survived by his wife, Laura, as well as three children and six grandchildren.
“I am sorry to hear of the passing of Greg Robinson,” Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said on Twitter. “From the young men he trained and cared for, to his incredible family, including my good friend Dom, he leaves behind a legacy of leadership and caring that will live on here in Syracuse and far beyond. RIP trainer.