ESPN is reporting that former New York Giants wide receiver Stacy Robinson, a member of the club’s first two Super Bowl-winning teams, died on Tuesday after battling with cancer for years. He was 50.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Stacy Robinson,” Giants co-owner John Mara said in announcing the death. “He was a good man who was loved and respected by his teammates and everyone in this organization. His work on behalf of the players association was of great benefit to many players. He will be missed. His family is in our thoughts and prayers.”
Robinson, drafted by the Giants in 1985, played all six of his NFL seasons in New York and finished his career with 48 receptions for 749 yards and seven touchdowns in 43 games.
Despite the modest numbers, Stacy had perhaps the best game of his career in week 13 of the 1986 season when he hauled in 5 catches for 116 yards, fueling an amazing come-from-behind victory over the 49ers.
The Giants went on to win Super Bowl XXI that season over the Denver Broncos, and Robinson caught three passes for a team high 62 receiving yards in the big game.
The NY Daily writes that Robinson retired as a professional football player after the 1990 season and went to work for the NFL Players Association, overseeing steroids and drug policy issues and including a stint as director of player development.
Following Robinson’s death, George Atallah, spokesman for the players union, took to Twitter to wish his former friend farewell:
“Stacy Robinson mentored and supported countless NFL players and helped me transition into the NFLPA. A friend to many. I’ll miss him dearly.”
Mr. Robinson is survived by his wife, Nadine and three sons, according to ESPN.