Sunday, September 25, 2016

He could tackle Jim Brown, not son's illness

GREENBAY PRESS-GAZETTE |  Nathan Phelps
Former Green Bay Packers Dave Robinson and John Brockington talk about the need for living organ donors. Nathan Phelps/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Dave Robinson’s story isn’t unusual.

The former Green Bay Packers linebacker lost his son, Robert, fifteen years ago while on a waiting list for a kidney transplant. About 4,500 Americans die every year waiting for a kidney.

Robinson and other former Packers, like John Brockington, are working to increase the number of living and deceased organ donors. Both were in Green Bay Sunday as part of an annual Packers alumni reunion — and to celebrate an Oakfield teacher and student who gained national attention for their living donation story.

“I felt I could stop Jim Brown, I could stop Gale Sayers, but I couldn’t stop my son’s renal failure,” Robinson said. “I couldn’t even give him my kidney because they couldn’t take it. It was a hopeless feeling.” Continue reading
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