Longtime AFL-NFL star Robinson headed to Hall of Fame

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Updated 9:37 AM EDT Jul 30, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It seemed that one by one, members of the only Kansas City Chiefs team to win the Super Bowl would get a phone call or a knock on the door letting them know they had become Hall of Famers.

The quarterback, Len Dawson. The linebackers, Bobby Bell and Willie Lanier. Even the coach, Hank Stram. Eight in all from the team that beat the Vikings in Super Bowl IV were enshrined in Canton, Ohio.

Now there are nine.

Johnny Robinson, the former LSU standout-turned-star safety during the years of the AFL-NFL merger, was chosen by 48 selectors after being nominated by the Hall of Fame’s seniors committee. Robinson was passed over six times during the 1980s but will finally get to slip on that famous gold jacket.

“I’m thrilled,” he said in a statement. “I can’t tell you how pleased I am to have been selected.”

Robinson declined interview requests through a Chiefs spokesman, but his induction still echoed through the halls of their team facility. He is the sixth defensive starter from the 1967

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