Michael Robinson ready for the end of his NFL ride

It seems a good bet that Michael Robinson has played his final game in the NFL.

And that’s not so much a surprise as it is a reason to celebrate one of the most beloved Nittany Lions, who also earned a special notoriety on the pro level.

Joe Paterno used Michael Robinson all over the field in his career.

Joe Paterno used Michael Robinson all over the field in his career.

In this story by Mike Poorman, of StateCollege.com, Robinson says, “There really isn’t a market for 31-year fullbacks headed into their ninth year in the league. Economically speaking, I understand that. I’m going to give myself a little time after the draft to let teams see how their rosters shake out. After seeing what happens, I’m probably going to call it a career.”

Penn State fans loved Robinson for his leadership, sunny disposition and his willingness to do whatever the team needed — and do it well. He was the team’s top receiver in 2004 before growing into the Big Ten’s top quarterback in 2005. He also briefly returned punts and played running back.

Fans still talk about the lethal hit he put on Minnesota safety Brandon Owens that ended his career.

He’s also been the perfect team-first, behind-the-scenes star and leader as an NFL fullback, most recently coming back from a serious illness to earn a Super Bowl ring with the Seattle Seahawks.

Now, Robinson expects to land a media job, which would be a great fit. We also think he could make a pretty good coach, too.

“I’m treating my broadcast career as if I am not going to play anymore,” Robinson told StateCollege.com. “And if I do get a call from a team, then I’m counting that as a bonus.”

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2 Responses to Michael Robinson ready for the end of his NFL ride

  1. Dallas says:

    Greatest leader in the history of PS football

    We are because he was

    • Frank Bodani says:

      Hi Dallas… Appreciate the post. I’ve covered Penn State football since 1994, so I caught the tail end of some great leaders (Kerry Collins, Bucky Greeley, Brian Gelzheiser, etc.) But from a career perspective, Michael Robinson was the best I’ve seen. He had a presence about him, that went hand-and-hand with his lead-by-example abilities.

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