As stated in an earlier post, NC State may choose to under-promote our alums currently making major contributions in the National Football League, but we will do our best not to ignore their contributions.
Koren Robinson was re-signed this year by Seattle after a string of injuries to its receiving corps that was, well, NC State-esque. It got so bad that the Seahawks started their backup quarterback (Seneca Wallace) at wide receiver, and he hurt himself, too.
We know K-Rob’s troubled history in the NFL and his losing battles with his personal demons. A second and even third chance didn’t bring about reform. But it seems that fourth time’s the charm, and others are noticing as well:
Courageously overcoming alcoholism, the 28-year-old has resuscitated his career in a second tour of duty with Seattle. Released by the Hawks in 2004, Robinson was reacquired September 16 to help fortify a receiving corps decimated by injuries. When Robinson was resigned Mike Holmgren stated, “Desperate times call for desperate measures.”
But the former 2001 first-round pick has made the most of his fourth opportunity. Playing in a West Coast offense that made him a 1,000-yard receiver back in 2002, Robinson is once again producing, something many pundits previously thought improbable. Just two short years ago he was locked-up in a Washington jail serving a 90-day sentence. A heavy-hearted Holmgren is especially proud of the veteran’s unthinkable turnaround: “I’m pleased with how he’s playing. So I guess it is a pleasant surprise, yeah. I even like more how he’s living his life these days, believe it or not.”
Over the past two weeks, fantasy owners, too, have been equally surprised by Robinson’s miraculous transformation. Against two above average defenses (Phi and Mia), he totaled two scores, nine receptions and 143 yards, including a 90-yard TD connection with Seneca Wallace, the longest play from scrimmage in Hawks history.