Isiah Robertson, a four-time first-team All-Pro for the Los Angeles Rams and one of the best linebackers of the 1970s, was killed in a limousine crash on Thursday. He was 69 years old.
The Rams announced’s Robertson’s death Friday in a brief statement, lauding his contributions to both the team’s frequent division championships and his House of Isaiah recovery center.
Per the Associated Press, the fatal crash occurred on a rain-slicked highway. A statement from the Texas Department of Public Safety reportedly said that Robertson was driving his limo into a curve at an unsafe speed due to the rain, skidded out to a stop, then was hit by a pick-up truck into an oncoming car in the other lane. No one else involved in the crash received major injuries.
The Rams drafted Robertson 10th overall out of Southern University in the 1971 NFL draft and saw him blossom into a six-time Pro Bowler and 1971 Defensive Rookie of the Year. Robertson played eight seasons with the Rams, a span of time in which the team won six division titles, then finished his career with a four tenure with the Buffalo Bills.
Robertson struggled with addiction after his NFL career, but eventually discovered his calling as the founder of the House of Isaiah, a faith-based drug treatment center in Mabank, Texas.
Some of the Rams’ greatest players honored Robertson’s legacy on Twitter, with Eric Dickerson calling him “such a good man.” Jack Youngblood, Robertson’s roommate, said the linebacker could have been better than Lawrence Taylor.
Directly before his death, Robertson had been speaking at a banquet for the Grand Prairie High School athletic program, where the school says he would take students under his wing. The school posted the final minutes of his speech through Facebook on Friday.
“If you have a setback, you don’t have to take a step back because God’s gonna come back,” Robertson said. “I want to tell you that God has a plan for every one of you.”
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