“He was a regular in the Maize Rage this winter, the big man on campus donning the same yellow T-shirt as the chemistry majors and sophomores from Saginaw and then happily doing every semi-lame dance and chant…
The football system in this country might have told him to drop out, put the degree on hold, give up on being a kid and focus solely on moving up on someone’s draft board. Robinson took the old-style path, the less-traveled path, and isn’t apologizing for trying to enjoy every last second of college life. He’ll have his degree and a final few months of memories.
“It’s my last year,” Robinson said. “How many times can you say you are a college student? I have had fun doing it, being part of the Maize Rage. I’m just going out and having fun. I think it’s the best part.”
The majority of players drop out of school for the spring semester and move to a training facility – usually in the South or West – so they can work out undistracted with professional trainers and position coaches, alongside other prospects represented by the same agent. That way it’s total football.
“I was never going to do that because I wouldn’t have graduated,” said Robinson, who hails from Deerfield Beach, Fla. “It was the dream of my family to see me graduate. I’m going to be the first in my family to graduate from a four-year school.
“That’s what I wanted to do, that’s what I put my mind to and that’s what I’m going to do.”