MABANK, Texas — Former two-time All-Professional linebacker Isiah “Butch” Robertson was killed when the limousine he was driving skidded on a rain-slicked curve on a darkish, rural East Texas freeway and was hit by two different automobiles.
The Texas Division of Public Security stories the crash occurred about 10 p.m. Thursday on Texas Route 198, about 50 miles southeast of Dallas.
A DPS assertion says the limousine pushed by Robertson entered the curve at an unsafe velocity for the wet situations, veered off the street and skidded sideways earlier than coming to a cease partially on the street. A pickup truck following behind hit the limo, knocking the limo into the southbound lane the place it was slammed by an oncoming car.
Robertson, 69, was taken to a hospital in Athens, Texas — about 20 miles away — the place he died. The truck driver was handled for minor accidents and discharged. The opposite car driver was unharmed.
The Los Angeles Rams drafted Robertson from Southern College in the primary spherical of the 1971 NFL draft. He remained with the Rams by way of 1978, then performed from 1979 to 1982 for the Buffalo Payments.
Rams Corridor of Famers Jack Youngblood and Eric Dickerson reacted to Robertson’s demise on Twitter.
RIP Isiah Robertson. Got here into the league @RamsNFL collectively. We pray for you and can miss you. 🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/7r6MvCZjBW
— Jack Youngblood (@theblood85) December 7, 2018
Heartbroken to hear concerning the passing of @NFL @RamsNFL legend and my good pal Isiah Robertson. Isiah was such man. Isiah and his household are in my ideas and prayers 🙏🙏
— Eric Dickerson (@EricDickerson) December 7, 2018
Robertson was named first-team All-Professional in 1973 and 1976 and was chosen for the Professional Bowl in his rookie season, in addition to 1973 to 1977. He performed 12 NFL seasons, and he had 25 interceptions and 15 fumble recoveries and scored 4 touchdowns.
“We’re deeply saddened by the lack of one in all our Legends, Isiah Robertson,” the Rams mentioned in an announcement. “He shall be remembered not just for the nice participant he was, serving to our workforce obtain a number of division championships in the ’70s, but in addition by the work he did serving to others by way of the Home of Isaiah restoration heart he based in Texas.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.