Robinson leaves Packers to become Cowboys' receivers coach

IRVING, Texas -- Jimmy Robinson was hired Friday as receivers coach for the Dallas Cowboys, joining their staff less than a week after coaching for the champion Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl.

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Robinson, who spent the past five seasons in Green Bay, replaces Ray Sherman.

Sherman was the receivers coach the past four seasons and interviewed for the Cowboys' head-coaching vacancy after the season. Jason Garrett, the interim head coach, was hired, and Sherman's contract as an assistant coach wasn't renewed.

Robinson has been an NFL assistant for 21 years after six seasons as a player. He has coached for Atlanta (1990-93), Indianapolis (1994-97), the New York Giants (1998-2003), New Orleans (2004-05) and Green Bay.

Garrett was a backup quarterback in New York during Robinson's time with the Giants.

As an assistant coach, Robinson has worked with several star wide receivers, including Donald Driver, Donte' Stallworth, Joe Horn, Amani Toomer, Marvin Harrison and Andre Rison.

Among the receivers Robinson will work with in Dallas are two-time Pro Bowler Miles Austin, Roy Williams and Dez Bryant, who is coming off a shortened but solid rookie season.

Robinson played for the Giants (1976-79), San Francisco (1980) and Denver (1981) after he was a 15th-round pick in the 1985 draft out of Georgia Tech. He had 85 career receptions for 1,437 yards and six touchdowns in 58 NFL games.

He led the Giants in receptions in 1977 and 1978. He scored the first New York touchdown in Giants Stadium history, on a 30-yard pass from Craig Morton against Dallas on Oct. 10, 1976.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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