KANSAS CITY, MO – CIRCA 1969: Johnny Robinson #42 of the Kansas City Chiefs pursues Emerson Boozer #32 of the New York Jets during an NFL football game at Municipal Stadium circa 1969 in Kansas City, Missouri. Robinson played for the Dallas Texans/Kansas Chiefs from 1960-71. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
81. Texans draft Johnny Robinson (1960)
In 1960, the Dallas Texans were trying to create a solid roster to get a leg up on the rest of the American Football League. The league was coming into its first season, and the organization was hoping to find both a great player and a local star who could move the needle.
The Texans were able to do both when they took Johnny Robinson out of LSU with their first-round pick. Robinson originally played running back for team before becoming a safety, and one of the best to ever play the game. Robinson wound up amassing 57 interceptions and 18 touchdowns throughout his career, showing what it means to be a quarterback and ball-hawk of the secondary.
Robinson would go on to make the All-Pro team six times while in the AFL and is perhaps one of the worst snubs from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Robinson was elite for a decade at a tough position, but never got the recognition he deserved.
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