Robert Jaworski


Robert Salazar Jaworski, also known as Sonny Jaworski, Bobby Jaworski, Robert Jaworski, Sr. or simply Jawo, is a former Philippine senator, basketball coach and Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association and PBA basketball player. Known as The Big J and called The Living Legend during his playing days, Jaworski was a former playing coach—the first ever in the PBA in 1985—for Ginebra San Miguel. In 2000 he was honored as one of the PBA’s 25 Greatest Players of all time.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Jaworski.


1946 Birth Born on March 8, 1946.


1964 18 Years Old Beginning in 1964, he played for the University of the East Red Warriors in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).


1966 20 Years Old 1 More Event
He delivered scintillating performances in the 1966 and 1967 UAAP seasons resulting in back-to-back titles for the Recto-based Red Warriors.
1967 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1967, he joined the Elizalde-owned YCO Painters under coach Carlos Loyzaga.
1968 22 Years Old He transferred to Meralco in 1968 but was unable to play due to lack of release papers.
1970 24 Years Old 1 More Event
He finally suited up for Meralco in 1970.
1971 25 Years Old 1 More Event
He was mentioned in the Basketball History of the Philippines (by Boni Escoda) as the best Filipino player in the MICAA from 1971 to 1974 by topping all the rest with a Player's All-around Value of 35.7.
1973 27 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Jaworski became a court general and led the Toyota to the 1973 MICAA title.
1975 29 Years Old 1 More Event
When the PBA was formed in 1975, Jaworski was part of the original core of Toyota players who donned the Comets uniform at the inception of the league. … Read More


1978 32 Years Old He was a major player in Toyota's nine championships and was named Most Valuable Player in 1978. … Read More
1983 37 Years Old Jaworski and Fernandez were involved in a running feud dating back when Toyota disbanded in 1983 and this became the climax of their rift. … Read More
The closest that would compete for domination would be Ramon Fernandez's scintillating 1984 season for Beer Hausen where "El Presidente" averaged 27 points, 15 boards and 9.9 assists per game.
1985 39 Years Old A power struggle was already ensuing thereby leading to the breakup of the Valenzona-Jaworski partnership at the start of the 1985 season.


1986 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Jaworski took over as playing coach of Ginebra San Miguel while Valenzona went on limbo before latching up with the Tanduay Rhum Makers in the 1986 season.
1988 42 Years Old In 1988, Jaworski finally won his first and only All Filipino championship in a controversy-ridden championship at the expense of the rookie team Purefoods Hotdogs, led by Ramon Fernandez who also coached the team in the previous (Open) conference before relinquishing the job to Cris Calilan early in the All Filipino conference.
1989 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1989, Jaworski and Fernandez eventually reconciled, ending a long feud. … Read More
1990 - 1991 2 More Events
1995 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1995, a PBA record was established when the Big J took in his eldest son Robert, Jr. (Dudut), in the second round of the rookie draft, making this the only time when a father and son played for the same team. … Read More


1997 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1997 though, Jaworski finally earned his 4th jewel, mentoring the team to the 1997 Commissioner's Cup championship at the expense of the Alaska Milkmen. … Read More
1998 52 Years Old 1 More Event
Jaworski ran for Senator during the 1998 national elections as an independent candidate, which he won.
1999 53 Years Old After being proclaimed Senator, Jaworski turned over the coaching chores to his long-time assistant Quirino "Rino" Salazar while taking a leave of absence from the basketball scene. But in 1999, a controversy erupted when Ginebra owner Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco, Jr. announced the promotion of Allan Caidic as playing assistant coach of Jaworski in Ginebra. … Read More
2004 58 Years Old In 2004, Jaworski was defeated when he ran for re-election as senator.


2007 61 Years Old The Philippine Daily Inquirer and the Manila Times reported on February 13, 2007 of Jaworski's possible return in the PBA as coach for either the Air21 Express or the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals for the 2007 PBA Fiesta Conference but declined to accept the offer since talks stalled before any contract offer was made. … Read More
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