Bengals running back Paul Robinson (18) goes down after a pass bounced out of his hands in the second quarter of a game on Dec. 13, 1970 in the Houston Astrodome as Ken Houston (29) of Houston defended. Cincinnati took the game 30-20. (AP Photo/EFK)

Ed Kolenovsky

Paul Robinson of Marana High School was a state champion hurdler/sprinter before playing football at Arizona and becoming the Cincinnati Bengals and AFL’s Rookie of the Year running back in 1967. Cleo Robinson was the top high school hurdler in the state at Marana, and later NAU, and has been a top Pac-12 football official for three decades. Jerry Robinson was an all-state basketball and football player on powerhouse Marana teams of the 1960s. Cleo’s grandson, Bijan Robinson, a sophomore football standout at Salpointe Catholic, has already been offered scholarships by Arizona and ASU. 

Contact sports columnist Greg Hansen at 520-573-4362 or On Twitter: @ghansen711

Sports columnist for the Arizona Daily Star.