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Robinson said when he thinks about his coaching career he thinks more about the people than the games.

“The wins and losses are still there, but the best memories are about the people,” he said.

MacPherson said he found it hard to believe he was be going into the hall with Robinson and joining all the other coaching greats.

“You don’t even think about it until it happens. It’s overwhelming,” he said.

It was a bittersweet day for Spielman, who credits wife Stefanie with being a driving force yet humbling voice in his life. She died in November at age 42 after a lengthy battle with breast cancer.

“When you experience the death of a loved one there’s always firsts. This is a first. We had the first family vacation, the first birthday, the first Christmas. This is just another first,” he said.

Others being enshrined were: New Mexico State halfback Pervis Atkins; Maryland Eastern Shore halfback Emerson Boozer; Marshall wide receiver Troy Brown; Arizona defensive back Chuck Cecil; Auburn fullback Ed Dyas; BYU tight end Gordon Hudson; Cal Lutheran linebacker Brian Kelley; Harvard center William Lewis; Alabama linebacker Woodrow Lowe; Stanford receiver Ken Margerum; UMass tight end Milt Morin; Iowa linebacker Larry Station; Georgia Tech defensive end Pat Swilling; Nebraska defensive end Grant Wistrom; Willie Jeffries, who coached at Howard, Wichita State and South Carolina State; and Ted Kessinger, who coached at Bethany.