Robin Cole

Robin Cole
No. 56
Position: Linebacker and Defensive End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1955-09-11) September 11, 1955
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Career information

University of New Mexico

Graduate of the Ford Motor Institute, 1992
NFL Draft: 1977 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl selection (1984)
  • All-Pro selection (1984)
  • 2× Super Bowl Champion (XIII, XIV)
  • New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Member of the 20 Year All WAC Team
  • Albuquerque Press Hall of Fame Inductee
Career NFL statistics
Sacks: 19.5
Interceptions: 5
INT yards: 79
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Robin Cole, a former professional American football player, was born September 11, 1955 in Compton, California. He was the seventh of ten children born to Obediah and Georgia Mae Cole. He attended high school at Compton High, graduating in 1973. He furthered his education at the University of New Mexico where he became an All American and the first person to be a first round draft pick out of the University. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, the 21st pick in the first round of the draft. At Pittsburgh, he was a part of the Steel Curtain defense, replacing Andy Russell as right outside linebacker. He played linebacker and defensive end for twelve seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played in two Super Bowls - Super Bowl XIII and Super Bowl XIV. Mr. Cole was in the starting lineup in Super Bowl XIV in 1980 and was elected to the Pro Bowl in 1984. He was runner up for MVP in Super Bowl XIV. He played one season, 1988, with the New York Jets.

Currently, Mr. Cole is a public speaker. His presentations focus on issues important to corporate groups, business sales teams, sports teams, churches, schools and prisons. He has been a keynote speaker and emcee for many events. Mr. Cole is an entrepreneur and trained at the Ford Motor Institute to be a dealer. In addition, he has served on several charitable boards, including The American Heart Association, The March of Dimes, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and others. He is a lifetime member of the NAACP.

Mr. Cole is the Co-Founder and President of the Obediah Cole Foundation, named after his father.[1] The mission of the Foundation is to save lives by educating people about prostate cancer, bringing awareness to prostate cancer and free PSA testing. Mr. Cole is a prostate cancer survivor.

He resides in Washington County, south of Pittsburgh, with his wife, Judith.


  1. "Obediah Cole Foundation". Retrieved 2015-09-06.

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