The return of K-Rob

robinson.jpgAs 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.

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7 Responses to The return of K-Rob

  1. wufpup76 11/15/2008 at 10:58 AM #

    God speed, Koren … I hope his path is finally straight for him

  2. redfred2 11/15/2008 at 11:57 AM #

    I could go into a four paragraph rant about this situation, but what the hell, it wouldn’t make any difference.

    Regardless, it is great to see that turnaround in Koren Robinson‘s life. Let’s hope that he follows through, and long after he’s made his mark in the NFL.

  3. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 11/15/2008 at 6:02 PM #

    I wish Koren the best. At 28 I hope he has grown up enough to understand that he has a great gift that he should use to the best of his ability.

    He should focus on the positive that at 28 his body has suffered far less damage than other receivers his age in the NFL. With his talent he can still have very good 6-10 years as a pro.

  4. Noah 11/15/2008 at 7:04 PM #

    Robinson has always been a maddening player. But I’m glad to see he’s finally got things together.

  5. choppack1 11/17/2008 at 3:13 PM #

    I’m going to have to see Koren go at least 2 seasons w/out any incidents before I say he’s on the right track.

    In situations like this, you always feel like you’re waiting for the next shoe to drop. If he’s just being knucklehead – ala Packman Jones – it’s one thing. If he was truly “sick” – then, it’s hard, long slog.

  6. GAWolf 11/17/2008 at 3:49 PM #

    I was walking through downtown Raleigh after work one evening and it was getting late. Downtown was pretty empty. A fancied up Lexis, I believe, came by with spinners and some music. It pulled up to a bus stop where a little old lady was sitting. He called the lady over to the window and gave her something. As he pulled off I noticed it was Koren. As he drove away I could hear the lady yelling something about money and thanking Jesus. It was pretty neat.

    Glad to hear he’s getting back on the right track…

  7. Alpha Wolf 11/17/2008 at 10:35 PM #

    I agree with both Noah and Chop — it’s good to see KRob has it together, but only time will tell if the changes are permanent.

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