SU mourns death of football legend Isiah 'Butch' Robertson
December 10, 2018
Southern University Athletics mourns the tragic loss of former football legend Isiah 'Butch' Robertson, who died in an automobile accident Thursday night near Mabank, Texas.
"We are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Isiah 'Butch' Robertson," said Roman Banks, Southern University athletic director.
"'Butch' embodied the spirit of Southern University and represented this institution with class and dignity everywhere he went. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Robertson family during this difficult time."
A New Orleans native, Roberston was a standout at SU, and was chosen by TIME and the Associated Press for their All-American teams in 1970. He went on to play for the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills. He is enshrined in the Southern University Sports Hall of Fame, Black College Football Hall of Fame, #SWAC Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
In later years after his retirement, Robertson founded the Isiah House, a substance addiction treatment center.
Robertson, along with seven former Jaguars widely regarded as the greatest players in Southern’s football history, was honored with his name and number being inducted to the Ring of Honor at Mumford Stadium during the Jaguars 2017 home opener against South Carolina State in the MEAC-SWAC Challenge on Sept. 3.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of our alumnus, Isiah Robertson," said Ray L. Belton, president of the Southern University System. "He was a prime example of a Southernite, upholding a legacy of excellence. He won on and off the field here in Baton Rouge, Los Angeles, Buffalo and beyond. His winning attitude continued long after his retirement from the NFL, as he helped others to seek and live a better life. The Jaguar Nation will truly miss him and his genuine love for this university."
The family and loved ones of NFL and Southern University football great Isiah "Butch" Robertson are in our thoughts and prayers.
Robertson was 69.