The Scrapbook – Peyton Robinson and the Westminster Wildcats

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It’s no secret that I love old school high school football. It’s one of the reasons I wrote my book High School Football in Texas: Amazing Football Stories from the Greatest Players of Texas in which I interviewed more than 30 NFL players about their high school football memories, some of which date back to the 50’s with players like Raymond Berry, Don Maynard and Gene Stalling.

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Photo of Peyton Robinson who played in the 1961 All-State Football Classic before heading off to play college football at the University of Georgia

Today, I’m introducing you to a new series of stories that I will present throughout the 2018 season that are based on a scrapbook I was recently given. The series will center on the late Peyton Robinson, who is known as one of the greatest high school football running backs in Georgia high school football history during his playing days at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta from 1958 through the 1960 season.

I’m calling the multi-part series The Scrapbook.

How good was Robinson, who had 41 college scholarship offers?

When I reached-out to retired college football coach and former NFL player Bill Curry, who played against Robinson during his high school days at College Park High School, he said, “Peyton was the best back we faced in high school. He knocked me out our senior year in a head-on collision. We could not beat Westminster. I went to his funeral out of respect, even though I had never met him. What a player!”

Using the scrapbook and conducting interviews with Peyton’s high school teammates, I will turn back the clock to to tell the story of a young man and his teammates who built the foundation for the school’s football program that has won three overall Georgia high school football state championships with the last coming in 2015.

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Robinson’s teammates Randy Bryan (left) Dave Drake (center), Blake Young (right) looking through The Scrapbook.

The first installment in the series will be released August 31st.

 

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.