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Tommy and Jackie Casanova show up most years at Bert Jones Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament. Good to see the Former Tigers get together. Especially for a worthy cause. 
Bert does a great job as the host, often talking about former players, adding a little humor into the conversation. 

Nice interview HT. 

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Saw this article about the 1979 LSU vs USC game in Tiger Stadium, read it, enjoyed it.  I worked with a guy at McDermott in NO who went to the game, big Tiger fan, he said it was the loudest game start to finish he ever went to, great game.  Anybody else go to it?


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Here's a good one with Brad Davis.  LSU had a lot of good running backs in the 60's, but the ones I remember were Eddie Ray (played a good while with the Falcons), Brad Davis, Tommy "Trigger" Allen, and Art Cantrell.   I was too young to appreciate Jerry Stovall, but I watched all the St. Louis Cardinals games and Stovall played opposite Pat Fisher as safeties.  Eddie Ray was a big back, internet shows him at 6' 2" and 240 lb.


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Not an interview, but a review of Jim Taylor's career with the Packers, voted the #1 running back in Green Bay history.  Plenty of good highlights.  He has a long run for at TD, and I want to know who #76 is down there escorting him all the way  (might be Bob Skoronski, a 28 year old tackle) ??!!!

Taylor starts around the 11 minute mark.


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Here's a story about Johnny Robinson.  I had heard he "redefined the safety position in the NFL", but I had no idea how, until I came across this article.

"Robinson had been a profound speaker, the play-caller on a legendary Chiefs defense who redefined the safety position in a 12-year professional career, the NFL scout who withdrew from the height of fame and eventually became a police chaplain in Monroe, where he started the Johnny Robinson Boys Home and found his true purpose: serving and mentoring broken and troubled young men.


In mid-October 1959, Hank Stram's team was losing badly.

The former University of Miami assistant coach watched from the sidelines in Tiger Stadium as the reigning national champion LSU Tigers dismantled his Hurricanes 27-3.

Stram wouldn't forget the Tigers or their talented tailback, flanker and defensive safety, Johnny Robinson.

When Stram was hired in 1960 to coach the Dallas Texans in the startup American Football League, the franchise signed Robinson to a three-year, $43,500 contract to play tailback and flanker.

By 1962, Abner Haynes had developed into an All-Pro running back and was taking up the bulk of the carries, and Stram had a new idea to better use Robinson.

Stram needed to improve his defense, and by combining Robinson's knowledge of professional offenses and his history as a safety at LSU, Stram switched Robinson to an innovative free safety position that had more responsibility than other safeties previously had.

Previously, a team's two safeties generally split the field and played zone defense, Robinson said. But in Stram's defense, Robinson called defensive plays based on what he saw the opponent's offense doing.
"I could see everything," said Robinson, who relocated with the franchise to Kansas City in 1963. "I could see the whole field, and maybe other safeties couldn't see that. I had played offense. I knew all the offensive formations and what they were trying to do."
Robinson was known for his impeccable timing in delivering hits and defending passes.
"You were the best I played against," wrote Hall of Fame wide receiver Lance Alworth, who played for the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys, in a letter to Robinson. "It was always fun to come across the middle (well — not really!)"

In 10 seasons as a free safety, Robinson retired in 1971 with 57 career interceptions, at the time third-most in pro football history.


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