Stacy Robinson was NDSU's first NFL playmaker
Robinson was selected 46th overall by the Giants in 1985
FARGO - For every highlight reel and game changing play that Christian Watson has made for North Dakota State, it reminds a certain generation of fans of one player.
"He brought it, they would have to set up their defense knowing that at any time Stacy Robinson is going to change the game." said his former teammate, Kermit Klefsaas.
Robinson was a part of the first NDSU dynasty in the early 80's . He racked up 16 hundred yards and 13 touchdowns in his time in Fargo, part of an offense that ran the ball 90 percent of the time.
His former teammates can only imagine what he would have done in a passing offense.
"I believe he'd be in that 1,500-2,000 yard range. You can say to me he was a possession receiver, but every time he touched the ball something happened." Klefsaas said.
#NDSUSeasonOpenerCountdown: #6 (bonus): One of the great receivers in school history, he finished with 13 career touchdowns. He was a part of NDSU's 1983 title team, then went on to be drafted in the second round. He won two Super Bowls with the Giants, number 6, Stacy Robinson. pic.twitter.com/71mZggWjpN— Dom Izzo (@DomIzzoWDAY) August 29, 2021
"As far as going up against him it was easy. I just got off about ten yards, gave him the out route and called it good." said Hall of Fame Bison safety Todd DeBates.
After Robinson's NDSU career ended with a loss in the 1984 national championship game to Troy, he took his talents to the NFL.
Robinson was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1985 draft by the New York Giants with the 46th overall pick, a year later he was helping the Giants to a Super Bowl win, beating the Broncos . He had three catches for 62 yards, including a game breaking 36 yard reception in a 39-20 win.
#NDSUAtSuperBowl: Super Bowl XXI; Stacy Robinson hauls in three receptions for 62 yards as the New York Giants win their first Super Bowl in franchise history, 39-20 over the Denver Broncos. Robinson became the first former Bison to win a Super Bowl ring. pic.twitter.com/RVrqUItcYK— Dom Izzo (@DomIzzoWDAY) February 4, 2021
"How remarkable was he? He gets to play at NDSU where we arguably the best team in the United States, Division 2. Then he goes and plays for Bill Parcells and wins a Super Bowl. There's a winner mentality, winning attitude." Klefsaas said.
Robinson passed away in May of 2012 from multiple myeloma. Beyond his talents on the field, Robinson was remembered for the man he was.
"Stacy was a heck of a football player, he was an amazing guy. You couldn't find any better." DeBates added.