The New York Giants family lost one of their own on Tuesday when cancer claimed the life of wide receiver Stacy Robinson at the much too young age of 50. Robinson was a member of the 1986 and 1990 Super Bowl Championship squads and played all six of his NFL seasons with the Giants.
Robinson was drafted by the Giants out of North Dakota State in the second round, 46th overall, of the 1985 NFL Draft. He stood 5-11 and possessed amazing speed. He retired from football in 1991 to pursue a Masters Degree from Farleigh Dickinson University in business administration. He caught only 48 passes for 749 yards and 7 touchdowns in his career. His best season came in 1986 when he caught 29 passes for 494 yards and 2 scores. In Super Bowl XXI against the Denver Broncos, Robinson caught 3 passes for 62 yards including a 36 yard catch from quarterback Phil Simms in the fourth quarter that helped seal the fate of the Broncos.
Robinson’s best game statistically came in Week 13 of the 1986 season against the San Francisco 49ers. The Giants trailed the 49ers 17-0 at halftime but would come back to win 21-17. Robinson had 5 catches for a career high 116 yards receiving and 1 touchdown. His 34-yard touchdown in the third quarter brought the Giants to within 17-14 after Raul Allegre kicked the extra point. Later, Robinson made a spectacular catch, a 49-yard pass play from Phil Simms that brought the Giants to the 1-yardline of the 49ers and set up the Giants winning touchdown.
After retiring from football, Robinson eventually returned to the game he loved, working for the NFL Players Association mentoring young players about drug and steroid policies and also served as the director of player development.
Stacy Robinson’s career was more than just football. He is fondly remembered by teammates, young players he mentored, and Giants fans. Joe Ruback, more famously known among Giants fans and players as the “License Plate Guy,” remembers Robinson for more than his on-field exploits. When asked what he remembered most about Stacy Robinson, he said, “It was his interaction with fans such as myself at either the team hotel or at Giants Stadium that set him aside. A sweetheart of a man that was always giving back!” When asked to describe one of those interactions Mr. Ruback described the last time he saw Mr. Robinson which was at the 25th reunion of the 1986 Super Bowl Championship team last year at MetLife Stadium. “I was able to have a great conversation with Stacy,” Mr. Ruback remembered. “He and I talked about today’s football players and their contracts, the game itself, and his performance in the 1986 Super Bowl. Not once did he talk about his illness which I didn’t even find out about until after. We also talked about how he is mentoring players in his job and how much he loved it and the players loved him.”
Stacy Robinson, despite being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, or cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow, still took players under his tutelage. That is the kind of man he was. Stacy Robinson was a giant among Giants and he will be missed. He is survived by his wife and three sons.