Dave Robinson admitted he was on pins and needles for the past two weeks as the decision day on his nomination for the Pro Football Hall of Fame neared.
“For the last two weeks I started getting nervous," Robinson told me by telephone on Saturday night from New Orleans. "I didn’t want to talk about it. The last two nights it was horrible. I haven’t gotten a full night’s sleep. I'd go to bed and fall asleep, I'd dream about what it's going to be like if I get elected. And I wake up, then I'd fall back to sleep and dream about what it would be like if I don't get elected. It's just back and forth all night long.”
On Saturday Robinson received the good news he had been dreaming about for not just weeks or years but decades, when his name was called as one of seven players that will be inducted this year into the Hall of Fame.
"At least tonight we'll get a good night's sleep," Robinson said.
Robinson, who was nominated by the Senior Committee last August, said this was for all intents and purposes his last chance to get inducted.
"It was now or never," said Robinson. "If I don't make it this year, I'm done."
Robinson watched the Hall of Fame announcement on television in New Orleans from his hotel room and said he shed tears of joy and drank a glass of champagne with his oldest son David to celebrate.
As the announcement was being made, Robinson began to wonder if his name would be called.
"I know that they usually put four or five players in (the Hall of Fame), that's the ideal number," said Robinson. "And when they got to the fifth guy, I was counting them on my fingers, when they got to five, and they hadn't mentioned Dave Robinson, my heart just cut off, I just dropped to my knees. And the next name was Dave Robinson."
Robinson called the honor "awesome" and only wishes his late wife and two youngest sons, who are also deceased, were alive to share it with him.
"My two sons being gone and my wife, we were a five-person family," said Robinson. "The only one left in my family, my oldest son and I, and he was here with me so I had my whole family right here with me. That meant more to me than anything else."
Robinson said the honor was a long time coming and the wait wasn't easy.
"I'm telling you, it's so sweet, you can't imagine," said Robinson.