Big Blue Nation received some terrible news on Tuesday, learning that former wide receiver and two-time Super Bowl champion Stacy Robinson had passed away at age 50 after a long battle with cancer.
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“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Stacy Robinson,” New York Giants co-owner John Mara said. “He was a good man who was loved and respected by his teammates and everyone in this organization. His work on behalf of the players association was of great benefit to many players. He will be missed. His family is in our thoughts and prayers.”
Robinson was a second-round pick (46th overall) of the Giants in 1985 and spent all six years of his professional career with Big Blue. His best season came in 1986 when he hauled in 29 passes for 494 yards and two touchdowns. He retired at age 29 despite being offered a one-year, $275,000 deal by New York, citing his desire to finish his master’s degree in business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson.
In addition to the two Super Bowl championships, one of Robinson's best moments with New York came in week 13 of the 1986 season. Trailing the San Francisco 49ers 17-0 at halftime, #81 came out in the second half and completely turned the game around, grabbing a 39-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Phil Simms, later making an incredible catch on a 49-yard pass, setting up another touchdown. The Giants would go on to win the game 21-17.
Following his playing career, Robinson worked with the NFLPA, overseeing steroids and drug policy issues, as well as a stint as Director of Player Development.
“Stacy Robinson mentored and supported countless NFL players and helped me transition into the NFLPA,” tweeted George Atallah, a spokesman for the players’ union. “A friend to many. I’ll miss him dearly.”
Robinson was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and underwent chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant and a bone marrow transplant provided by his son, Stacy Robinson Jr., but entered hospice on May 3rd.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Robinson. Once a Giant always a Giant. May he rest in peace.
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