Car crash kills ex-LB Robert­son

Houston Chronicle - - FOR THE RECORD -

For­mer two-time All-Pro line­backer Isiah Robert­son was killed when the limou­sine he was driv­ing skid­ded on a rainslicked curve on a ru­ral East Texas high­way and was hit by two other ve­hi­cles.

The Texas Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety re­ported the crash hap­pened about 10 p.m. Thurs­day on Texas 198 al­most six miles north of Ma­bank and 50 miles south­east of Dal­las. A DPS state­ment says the limou­sine Robert­son was driv­ing en­tered the curve at an un­safe speed for the rainy con­di­tions.

Robert­son, a 69-year-old Gar­land res­i­dent, was taken to an Athens hos­pi­tal, where he died. A truck driver was treated for mi­nor in­juries and dis­charged. The other car driver was un­hurt.

The Los An­ge­les Rams drafted Robert­son out of South­ern Univer­sity in the first round of the 1971 NFL draft. He re­mained with the Rams through 1978 and then played for the Buf­falo Bills (1979-82). 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.

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