Chiefs Hall of Famer Johnny Robinson (1960-71) has the distinction of being the last remaining original Texans player to leave the scene.
(See the bronzed cleats presented to him on his retirement now on display in the Hall of Honor’s Municipal Stadium case [ Click here to visit via Virtual Tour ]). He retired in 1971 after 12 seasons with the team.
Robinson came to the Texans out of LSU where he starred alongside famed Heisman Trophy back Billy Cannon, another early star of the AFL and a player who joined the Chiefs in 1970 after a productive career with Houston and Oakland. (You can see his photo and stats on the Hall of Honor’s “50 Years of Players.” [ click here ] His Oilers jersey hangs in the 1962 championship case.)
Robinson had the distinction of being a two-way player having started as a running back in his first campaign for the Texans before being moved to safety where he became the league’s most decorated player at that position.
It’s hard for contemporary fans to realize how big a star each player was, both first round picks in the NFL as members of LSU’s famed 1959 championship team. Robinson was reportedly the highest paid player on the Texans in the first year of the franchise’s existence. Obviously, landing Robinson and Cannon was a tremendous coup for the AFL. (To comprehend Cannon’s impact, watch a video under the history of the Houston Oilers on the entrance to the AFL story in the Hall of Honor.)