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Robin Cole
No. 56
Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1955-09-11) September 11, 1955 (age 68)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Compton (Compton, California)
College:New Mexico
NFL draft:1977 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
INT yards:79
Player stats at · PFR

Robin Cole (born September 11, 1955) is an American former professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Pittsburgh Steelers and later with the New York Jets. He played college football for the New Mexico Lobos.

Childhood & Education

Cole was the seventh of ten children born to Obediah and Georgia Mae Cole. He attended high school at Compton High School, graduating in 1973. His cousin, Willie Davis, was a Hall of Fame defensive end for the Green Bay Packers who won five NFL titles and the first two Super Bowls.[1]

He furthered his education at the University of New Mexico where he became an All American and the first person to be a first round draft pick out of the university.[2]


He was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 21st overall pick in the first round of the 1977 NFL Draft. At Pittsburgh, he was a part of the Steel Curtain defense, replacing Andy Russell as right outside linebacker. He played linebacker and defensive end for twelve seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers.[2]

Cole played in two Super Bowls – Super Bowl XIII and Super Bowl XIV. Mr. Cole was in the starting lineup in Super Bowl XIV in January 1980 and was elected to the Pro Bowl in 1984. He was runner up for MVP in Super Bowl XIV, finishing behind Terry Bradshaw.[3]

He played one season, 1988, with the New York Jets.


Since leaving the NFL after the 1988 season, Cole has served as a public speaker to corporate groups, business sales teams, sports teams, churches, schools and prisons. He has been a keynote speaker and emcee for many events, drawing on a message of inspiration and motivation as a cancer survivor.[4]

Cole is an entrepreneur and trained at the Ford Motor Institute to be a dealer. He and his brother Erick also operated a cheesecake company, Unforgettable Sweets, in Canton Township, Pennsylvania, which opened in 2005.[5]

In addition, he has served on several charitable boards, including the American Heart Association, The March of Dimes, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and others. He is a lifetime member of the NAACP.

Cole was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004, a disease that afflicted him and his two brothers, and eventually led to the death of father Obediah at age 50, and Obediah's twin brother – Robin's uncle – Ahab.[6][7] As a result of the diagnosis (which Cole survived), he became the co-founder and president of the Obediah Cole Foundation,[6] which has also been cited as the Robin Cole Foundation for Prostate Cancer.[8]

He is the father of five children and grandfather of six. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife, Judith, and their daughter, Mya.


  1. ^ O'Brien, Jim (August 23, 1981). Robin Turning Into Steelers' 'King' Cole. The Pittsburgh Press. pp. D-11.
  2. ^ a b "Robin Cole Agent | Speaker Fee | Booking Contact". Retrieved 2023-08-28.
  3. ^ Quinn, Bob (May 16, 2022). "Remembering A True 1980's Steelers Professional: Robin Cole". Retrieved August 28, 2023.
  4. ^ "Robin Cole Speaker & Agent Info: Christian Speakers 360". Retrieved 2023-08-28.
  5. ^ Bradwell, Michael (February 20, 2006). "Sweet Obsession". Observer-Reporter. Retrieved August 28, 2023.
  6. ^ a b Joyce, Megan. "Former NFL Player, Prostate Cancer Advocate Joining Epic MEN'S Expo". 50 Plus Life.
  7. ^ Dyer, Ervin (April 25, 2007). "Relatives aim to raise prostate cancer awareness in dad's memory". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. pp. F-1. Retrieved August 28, 2023.
  8. ^ "Robin Cole Foundation for Prostate Cancer Volunteer Opportunities - VolunteerMatch". Retrieved 2023-08-28.