Crash kills for­mer Rams LB Robert­son

The Times-Tribune - - FOOTBALL -

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 six miles north of Ma­bank and 50 miles south­east of Dal­las. A DPS state­ment said 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-year-old Gar­land res­i­dent, was taken to an Athens hos­pi­tal 20 miles 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 1979-82 for the Buf­falo Bills.

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