Ex-Bills’ LB Robert­son dies in crash

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For­mer Bills line­backer Isiah “Butch” Robert­son was killed in a car ac­ci­dent south­east of Dal­las late Thurs­day night, au­thor­i­ties told the CBS’ Dal­las af­fil­i­ate. Robert­son was 69.

Robert­son spent four sea­sons with the Bills from 1979 to 1982 af­ter spend­ing the first eight sea­sons of his ca­reer with the Los An­ge­les Rams, who drafted him 10th over­all in 1971. He was a six-time Pro Bowler with the Rams. Robert­son also was in­ducted into the Black Col­lege Foot­ball Hall of Fame for his play at South­ern Univer­sity.

Robert­son was among the tough guys that Chuck Knox brought in to help re­set the Bills, along with play­ers such as Con­rad Dobler and Phil Vil­lapi­ano. The Bills won the AFC East in 1980 and were a wild-card team in 1981.

“To­day the NFLPA was sad­dened to learn about the pass­ing of Isiah Robert­son, a six-time Pro Bowler, four-time All-Pro, and long­time NFLPA Board Mem­ber and friend. He was a tremen­dous ser­vant and will be missed by all who knew him,” the NFL Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion said in a state­ment.

Robert­son had been the guest speaker at the Grand Prairie High School foot­ball ban­quet Thurs­day be­fore be­ing in­volved in the three­car crash.

Ac­cord­ing to the Texas Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety, Robert­son was driv­ing a 2001 Lin­coln and was speed­ing when his car slid off a road­way. An­other car com­ing struck Robert­son’s car and pushed it into the lane go­ing in the other di­rec­tion. Robert­son’s car hit an­other car and that caused Robert­son’s death. One of the other drivers was taken to a hos­pi­tal and re­leased; the other was not in­jured.

The crash re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Af­ter foot­ball, Robert­son founded Isiah House, a drug treat­ment cen­ter in Ma­bank, Texas, where he lived and where the ac­ci­dent oc­curred.

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