For­mer All-Pro Robert­son dies in crash

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

MA­BANK, TEXAS (AP) >> For­mer two-time All-Pro line­backer Isiah Robert­son was killed when the limou­sine he was driv­ing skid­ded on a rain-slicked curve on a dark, ru­ral East Texas high­way and was hit by two other ve­hi­cles.

The Texas Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety re­ports the crash hap­pened about 10 p.m. Thurs­day on Texas Route 198 al­most 6 miles (9 kilo­me­ters) north of Ma­bank and 50 miles (80 kilo­me­ters) south­east of Dal­las. A DPS state­ment says the limou­sine Robert­son was driv­ing en­tered the curve at an un­safe speed for the rainy con­di­tions. It veered off the road and skid­ded side­ways be­fore com­ing to a stop par­tially on the road. A pickup truck fol­low­ing be­hind hit the limo, knock­ing the limo into the south­bound lane where it was slammed by an on­com­ing car.

Robert­son, a 69-yearold Gar­land res­i­dent, was taken to an Athens hos­pi­tal 20 miles (32 kilo­me­ters) away, where he died. The truck driver was treated for mi­nor in­juries and dis­charged. The other car driver was un­hurt.

The Los An­ge­les Rams drafted Robert­son from South­ern Univer­sity in the first round of the 1971 NFL draft. He re­mained with the Rams through 1978, then played in 197982 for the Buf­falo Bills. He was named first-team All-Pro in 1973 and 1976 and was cho­sen for the Pro Bowl in his rookie 1971 sea­son, as well as 1973-77.

In a state­ment, the Rams said: “We are deeply sad­dened by the loss of one of our Le­gends, Isiah Robert­son. He will be re­mem­bered not only for the great player he was, help­ing our team achieve mul­ti­ple divi­sion cham­pi­onships in the ‘70s, but also by the work he did help­ing oth­ers through the House of Isa­iah re­cov­ery cen­ter he founded in Texas.”

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