Johnny Robinson, a perennial all-league safety for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1960s, on Friday was selected as the Seniors Finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019.
Robinson’s selection was made by the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
“I’m thrilled; I can’t tell you how pleased I am to have been selected,” Robinson said after hearing the news from Hall of Fame President David Baker.
Robinson was drafted in the first round of the initial American Football League draft in 1960 out of LSU by the Dallas Texans (who later moved to Kansas City and became the Chiefs). He also was the third overall pick in the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions in 1960.
After playing running back for the first two of his 12 pro seasons, Robinson was switched to safety by head coach Hank Stram in 1962 and immediately became a star.
Robinson made 57 interceptions over the next 10 seasons, leading the AFL with 10 picks in 1966 and the NFL with 10 in 1970.
A key member of the Chiefs’ dominant defense in that era, Robinson was voted to seven Pro Bowls, received all-league recognition six straight years (All-AFL, 1965-69; All-NFL, 1970), and was selected to the AFL’s All-Time Team.
Robinson played on the Texans’ 1962 AFL championship team and for the Chiefs when they beat the Minnesota Vikings, 23-7, in Super Bowl IV in January of 1970 in New Orleans. He had an interception and a fumble recovery in the game.
The Seniors Committee is comprised of nine members of the Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee who consider players whose careers ended at least 25 years ago.
Robinson was first eligible for the Hall of Fame in 1977 and was a Finalist from 1980-83 and 1985-86.
To be elected to the Hall of Fame, Robinson must receive the same 80 percent voting support by the 48-member Selection Committee on “Selection Saturday,” next Feb. 2 in Atlanta.
The Class of 2019 will be enshrined during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls in Canton next Aug. 1-4.