WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily Black History Month feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18: EDDIE ROBINSON
Profile America for the 18th day of Black History Month. Eddie Robinson became the head football coach of a small segregated college in 1941. He mowed the field himself, taped players' ankles, and even wrote up the games for the local newspaper. On October 7, 1995, Eddie Robinson accomplished what had been thought to be impossible — winning the 400th game as coach of the same school, now called Grambling State University. When he retired in 1997, Robinson's teams had won 17 conference titles and 9 times were named the National Black College champions. More than 200 of his players went on to play professional football. Across the country, there are 628 college football teams. This special edition of Profile America is a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 128
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 596
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau