Johnny Robinson and Our Hall of Fame Quest

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Hello AFL Fans!

At this point you have likely heard that on Friday, former Chiefs safety Johnny Robinson was chosen as the senior nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Johnny will still be subject to the full voting process in February 2019. However, Johnny is the sole senior nominee this year, and as the Hall of Fame has not had an inductee class that did not include at least one senior nominee since 1976, his chances look very good.

Our campaign for Johnny began in February 2018, with a text discussion between myself and Johnny’s stepson, Bob Thompson, and developed into a six-month process during which we generated the petition on this website and attempted to connect with as many media members as possible to spread Johnny’s story. Dale Stram (Hank’s son) was instrumental in helping us make connections. Johnny’s teammates and opponents gave us their input. Lance Alworth and Jan Stenerud participated in interviews. Bobby Bell and Willie Lanier spoke with voters. The media jumped in with articles and podcasts. AFL fans from around the country wrote letters to the Hall of Fame and signed the petition to show support. The success that we have had thus far has truly been an AFL community effort.

I wanted to put together this post for Johnny’s fans could go back and see some of what was generated on his behalf.



Kansas City Star – July 6, 2018

Yahoo Sports – July 17, 2018

Yahoo Sports – July 18, 2018

The Bleacher Report – July 24, 2018

Franklin Sun – August 1, 2018

Talk of Fame Network – August 9, 2018

The Advocate – August 16, 2018

Pro Football Journal – August 17, 2018

Talk of Fame Network – August 17, 2018

WBRZ.Com – August 17, 2018

MyArkLaMiss.Com – August 20, 2018

Our campaign is not over. We need to keep pushing our petition, gathering testimonials and generating media for Johnny. Let’s make sure his Road to Canton does not end with a senior nomination, but rather takes him all the way to Canton in 2019!

Thank you for your continued support!

Todd Tobias

Todd Tobias (789 Posts)

Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.

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