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January 4, 2013

Friends remember Beverly football legend Robbie Robinson fondly as one of the all-time greats

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Moving on to Tilton Prep, Robinson then played football at the University of Missouri for two years before transferring to Georgia Tech, receiving full academic and athletic scholarships. There, he played in the Gator Bowl as a sophomore and in the Orange Bowl in 1952 for the undefeated Yellow Jackets.

Robinson also served in the U.S. Air Force as a first lieutenant and later worked for Bostik, as well as running the family business, Robinson’s Homemade Ice Cream in Ipswich. He had most recently been the golf pro at the Candlewood Golf Course in Ipswich for many years.

One of Robinson’s claims to fame was he could do something with a football that amazed people: throwing a football behind his back 45-50 yards. It was a feat he performed on television and also did it at Madison Square Garden.

“I saw him do it 10-12 times,” said Hutt, who knew Robinson for 70 years. “Nobody else could do it.”

“I’d say 50 yards or more, and the throws would be pretty accurate,” Hamor added.

“There’s no question he was one of the greatest athletes to come out of Beverly High (who) went on to have an outstanding college career at the highest level. He used to come over to train at Hurd Stadium and Cooney Field when I was a 7- or 8-year-old kid, and I definitely admired him. I’d catch some of his passes, and he paid attention to me.

“This news is a shock. I saw him at the football games this fall; he was always there on Saturdays and supported Beverly High football through the years when Charlie, Roy (Norden) and I coached. We’ll miss seeing him around the stadium ... but I’m glad we had him for as long as we did.”

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