The St. Paul Parks and Recreation and the Stacy’s Light Still Shines Committee dedicated the Jimmy Lee/Oxford Community Center football field in honor of the late great Stacy L. Robinson on Saturday, June 15.
Robinson, another in the long list of great St. Paul-born super athletes including Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor, Jack Morris, Joe Mauer and others, won two Super Bowl titles with the New York Giants. He grew up
playing on those fields in St. Paul, attended Central High School, and had a great after-football career as an executive with the NFL Players Association.
The event honoring Robinson was very emotional as so many people, young and old, came back to honor him. Ms. Robin Hickman and Lisa Lissamore provided great leadership. Many from the Robinson family were in attendance: Candace Robinson, Ramone Robinson, Leighton Robinson and Kimberly Robinson.
The event started at 10 am with autograph signings with legendary NFL players including Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and Hall-of-Famer Alan Page. A panel discussion included Hall-of-Famer Randall McDaniel, Greg Coleman, Dr. Leo Lewis and Tim Baylor.
I was the master of ceremonies as I knew Stacy well. So many had powerful things to say about the life of Stacy Robinson and how much he gave back to his community, including Bill Peterson, Gabriel Walker, Debbie Montgomery, John Bennet, Melvin Carter, Paul Williams and Tim Baylor. A proclamation was also delivered in his honor.
There were close to 1,000 people in attendance with refreshments and food. It was a powerful way to honor a great man who did things the right way always.
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