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Padecky: Jerry Robinson weighs in on Dolphins locker room

  • Los Angeles Raiders linebacker Jerry Robinson (57) runs off the field in celebration after recovering a fumble during the Raiders 27-7 victory over the Detroit Lions on September 20, 1987 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)

With bullying in an NFL locker room all the rage these days, at least in Miami, Jerry Robinson was asked what was the most egregious incident he ever witnessed in his 13 years in the league. It took Robinson almost a second to answer.

"Tony Franklin refused to stand on a chair in the dining hall, place his right hand over his heart, his left hand over his crotch, and sing the Texas (Franklin's alma mater) fight song," Robinson said. It was 1979. Robinson and Franklin, a bare-foot placekicker, were rookies with the Eagles.

That evening at Philadelphia's training camp at Widener University in Chester, Pa., just before dinner, the rookies noticed Franklin was missing. Gosh, the veterans said, we don't know. A rookie search ensued. Franklin was found.

"He was duct-taped to a goal post, naked," Robinson said.

How long did Franklin hang like that?

"Wasn't much, maybe a couple, three hours," Robinson said.

Did Franklin get the message?

"Tony was duct-taped again a couple weeks later," said Robinson, who will turn 57 Dec. 18.

Did Robinson think a naked Franklin strapped to the yardarm was pushing the boundaries?

"It was funny," he said.

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