The 2016 Red Smith Award will be presented to former Packer great and NFL Hall-of-fame member Dave Robinson. Robinson was drafted out of Penn State by the Packers in the first round of the 1963 NFL Draft. He was also drafted in the AFL and Canadian Football League. Robinson ended up in Green Bay because his wife Elaine knew how cold Buffalo and Canada were, but had never been to Green Bay.
Dave Robinson spent ten seasons in Green Bay, and helped form one of the best starting units of linebackers in NFL history alongside Ray Nitschke and Lee Roy Caffey. Robinson was not only adept at defending the run but also against the pass. He intercepted a record five passes in the 1966 season to tie cornerback Bob Jeter for the team lead. Robinson helped the Packers to win two Super Bowl Championship, and a total of three NFL titles (1965, 1966, and 1967). He was named to three Pro Bowl teams (1966, 1967, and 1969) and the NFL’s 1960s all-decade team as a linebacker. He returned from a severe achilles tendon injury to help the Packers win the 1972 division title. Then Robinson ended his career spending two seasons with the Washington Redskins. He retired in 1975 with 27 interceptions for 449 yards and one interception as well as 12 fumble recoveries. In 2013, Robinson was inducted in to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and was also inducted to the 1997 College Football Halls of Fame and 1982 Packers Hall of Fame.