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Former New York Giants WR Stacy Robinson Passes Away at Age 50

May 9th, 2012 at 7:20 AM
By Dan Benton

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.

Photo Credit: Manny Rubio, US PRESSWIRE

“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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9 Responses to “Former New York Giants WR Stacy Robinson Passes Away at Age 50”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    Sad. Stacy Robinson was a decent player and a very decent guy. I met him a few times and considered him a true gentleman on a team that had some pretty crazy dudes.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    I was told by a pretty reliable source that the Giants are seriously hoping that Marcus Kuhn will push Shaun Rogers very hard in preseason and get him playing as well as possible for the season, and that Kuhn is almost a definite on the practice team and “expected” to be on the roster in 2013 and quite possibly turn out to be a very good player. They apparently love his upside.

    Seems to me that between Kuhn, Robinson and McCants the Giants have decided that since they hit the jackpot with JPP they might as well hope lightning strikes again and that players who have enormous physical attributes but less experience in the game may blossom into pretty special players. Given where they drafted these guys they didn’t take too much risk (any play you get from players drafted after the third round is a real bonus), but if just one of them proves out then Reese, Ross & Co. look like geniuses. I discount a lot of what the front office and coaches say AFTER they’ve drafted someone (they do, after all, have to justify their choices), but you cannot entirely ignore what they’ve said about these three kids. If my guy is right then it looks like they really think Kuhn can become part of their rotation at DT (and probably radically grow their European fan base). It doesn’t take much of a leap to see the athletic talent of Robinson and McCants and suppose that they could actually someday be starters in the NFL and do some damage. The former will probably start the season on the roster while the latter will be on the practice squad. But if Beatty doesn’t step up at least a notch this season I would think that McCants might compete for that job in a few years if he progresses as the team hopes.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Thanks for sharing, and not to sound like an **** (honestly), but wouldn’t the team always hope ALL players push other players ahead of them and turn out to be very good players? Ideally, you’d think that’d be the case for all 90 men currently on the roster. You certainly wouldn’t want them hoping a guy would bomb -especially a draft pick- and turn out to be garbage.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Yeah, that’s right, but I seem to have “softened” what I heard in order not to sound too certain given that this guy is usually, but not always, right. In fact, what he SAID was that they firmly expect Kuhn to push hard and have an outside chance to become the #4 DT, definitely make the practice team, and have a great shot at being in the rotation next season. That sounded a bit TOO optimistic to me so I toned it down. Toning it down made it a lot less newsworthy but also, IMO, more realistic.

      •  kujo says:

        I heard that the coaches are really hoping Eli has a good year, and would really like to have another Super Bowl victory.

        Just a scoop!

    •  Fars says:

      Just my .02 on the “european fan base” thing:

      I’ve played for 13 years Pop Warner football here in Germany. Football has it’s fan base but it’s tiny compared to pretty much all other sports.

      NFL Europe had multiple teams here (3 in Germany). We had 2 teams during the World league times. (oh and anybody remember the NJ/NY Knights ?).
      The teams had to include “locals”.

      We have for many many years local german teams playing in the German Football Leage.

      The SuperBowl gets broadcasted since the 80ies.

      Pretty much all NFL games are being broadcasted through pay per view (albeit with lousy, lousy germany commentators. It’s this bad that I embrace listening to Jaws or Gruden etc. … )

      We had Vollmer whose name was mentioned about a gazillion time during the broadcasts of the Patriot’s SuberBowl appearances). Did you know he was German ? Yup, didn’t think so. (I get flashbacks just writing this)

      The NFL played one of it’s abroad games in Berlin (GO GIANTS).

      All in all, the NFL has seriously tried to establish football in Erope (especially Germany) but it just failed.

      Personally I love football and know many people who feel the same but it’s just not going to become very big in Europe.

      (and since everyone concludes his post nowadays like this):
      Book it.

  3.  GOAT56 says:


    F55 – I agree with you on the upside of this team. I thought 2010 we actually had a little more talent and less questions than last year. 2012 looks to be easily the best roster we have put together in some time, maybe decades. The question I have going forward is who are we going to lose? I think players like Osi, Rolle, Canty, Boley, Diehl are just some of the very good players we could lose starting in 2013. We won’t lose all but we probably will lose a few. And that’s assuming we re-sign players like Cruz, KP and Beatty. I trust JR, my questions are cap based with the number of quality players we have to re-sign over the next few years. I think this 2012 team might be the best team we field in this run.

    IMO part of the deal with the Osi negotiations has been an example to the many talented young players. Osi is a top player but giving in to him with the manner he has carried negotiations could be a death blow with trying to keep some of young talent in the near future. I kind of think JR took care of Kiwi to serve as an example because I’m not sure Osi wouldn’t sign a deal similar to Kiwi’s. I do believe a similar deal hasn’t been offered to Osi and given Kiwi’s past neck injuries it wouldn’t make sense to me to offer Kiwi more guaranteed money than Osi. Though I would love to keep Osi and don’t believe he’s a bad guy at all in these negotiations, I understand JR sending the team a message in his dealings with Osi. If this is JR’s thinking it’s probably better for the coming years in trying to retain our young talent.

  4.  rlhjr says:

    It’s a balancing act keeping an NFL roster stocked with enough talent to win a super bowl. Personally, I think the very best will win it all every three or four years.

    The days of two and three in a row are long gone. Simply put, each playoff team is robbed of the very talent that got them to the big game every year.
    The average development cycle for all but the most talented/gifted players is three years. The instinctive positions (running back, linebacker and perhaps offensive guard) take a little less time on average. Each player must develop strength, sharpen knowledge of his position and gain confidence. It’s a process.

    Thus wining at an elite level is a tribute to the eyes of scouts and talent evaluators. And a testament to being shrewd and calculating in making player/roster moves. Luck and gut instinct play a large role in the success of any organization.

    The kicker is your payoff for winning consists of:

    1. Extended usage of players increasing the chance they may be hurt or worn out.
    2. The more you win the less chance you have of drafting an impact players.

    What prevented the Giants from coming close to repeating (of course injury) was the deterioration of the offensive line and linebacking corps.

    The tail end of the draft, along with the acquisition of Bennett and drafting Robinson indicate (at least to me) that the Giants will not be caught with their paints down again with respect to their offensive line. Now more than ever, the Giants MO of having a strong running game and the ability to go down field will be as important as ever.

    The young offensive lineman drafted are skilled enough to play “any” offensive line position. And there is certainly method to that “madness”.

    Getting Rivers and the influx of young linebacking prospects also shows that attention and importance has been realized for that position as well.
    I realize the lion’s share of attention will be paid to the Giants defensive line and defensive backfield. In this day and age that makes since. However, no multi player team sport franchize is any good without a solid middle and flank.

    The acquisition of Rivers, and (hopefully) the maturity of Williams, Herzlich, Jones and Paysinger will make a big difference for this defense.
    Because if the devastating first wave of the Giant defense (D-Line) does not drop the passer, or halt the runner, there may be a second wave of defenders ready to clean up the mess. And unlike years past that second wave will not be simply defensive backs. We can only hope.

    If the young “backers” come around, this defense goes from “hard to beat” to “impossible to deal with” in a hurry.

    The Giants have and will hopefully continue to address the middle of their defense as well as their offense.

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