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Robinson thrilled to be over illness and back

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Oct. 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm with 36 Comments »
October 22, 2013 1:11 pm

With his construction belt back hanging in his locker which is again next to pal Marshawn Lynch’s, fullback Michael Robinson was happy to be back in the Seahawks’ lockerroom.

“You miss Sundays,” Robinson said. “You really do. I almost became one of you guys (reporters).”

Robinson’s path back to the Seahawks is interesting. He lives in Arizona, so he saw Derrick Coleman get hurt last week. He also watched every game, so he knew that Spencer Ware was already hurt.

He said he texted Coleman to see if he was all right. The next day, Seattle general manager John Schneider called him to see how he was feeling.

That was a key question.

Robinson said he woke up Aug. 17, the day of the second preseason game which was against the Denver Broncos, and felt like he had the flu. He didn’t think it was much more than that.

Eventually, he was off the field. His weight went down 30 pounds. Considering the cap hit his salary would bring and that he was ill, the Seahawks released him.

Robinson said he saw it coming. He also said that he had a good talk with Schneider and Pete Carroll when they told him the news. Robinson said those two told him if there is an opportunity to bring him back later, they would do so. He was not upset.

“I’m a realist,” Robinson said. “I knew that I needed to be on the field to keep my job. I knew what my salary was. I know the business of this game. I knew there was a big chance that I would be let go. I was just hoping and praying that I would get a chance to come back and get to work.

“Been in this game eight years, playing in the National Football League. If you think there is loyalty in this game, that’s your fault. It’s a business. You’ve got to understand that.”

Robinson’s main concern after getting cut this year was his health. He went all the way down to 212 pounds, was admitted to the hospital twice, and had liver and kidney concerns.

Robinson was taking a prescribed anti-inflammatory twice a day. He said he became dehydrated and had the flu, which kind of put together a “perfect storm” for him.

He went to the hospital once, then was readmitted a couple days later and said doctors told him he should have never left in the first place.

Once he felt better, he had tryouts with the Tennessee Titans and the New York Giants. He said he didn’t like the Giants’ situation (read losing every week), then Titans quarterback Jake Locker was injured, forcing Tennessee to make other roster moves and eschew fullback.

Thanks to all that, he’s back in Seattle.

Robinson says he now feels great and he’ll be ready to go Monday.

“Let’s get some,” he said.



Leave a comment Comments → 36
  1. Dukeshire says:

    “If you think there is loyalty in this game, that’s your fault. It’s a business. You’ve got to understand that.”

    A pro’s pro and class guy. Very glad he’s back.

  2. yankinta says:

    I do like him as a player but Not sure about class though. Didn’t he support Joe Paterno after the Penn State Cover Up was exposed?? Maybe I’m completely wrong….

  3. dirtbiker_joey says:

    Mike Rob gave a lot of credit for his NFL career to Joe Pa. According to him, Joe Pa is the one who told him that if he switched to fullback, he would have a successful NFL career. Mike Rob flew back from the Pro Bowl to speak at Joe Pa’s memorial.

    Whatever Joe Pa’s involvement with the Penn State scandal, Mike Rob obviously had a ton of respect for him. Evidently, he was very close to Paterno and learned a lot from him. I don’t fault him for standing by a guy who meant so much to him. The atrocities that occurred at Penn State had nothing to do with Mike Rob, and he likely had no knowledge of it. I give him credit for standing by the guy he knew.

  4. Screensmoke says:

    Only you would go there yank. Come on!

  5. SandpointHawk says:

    Yank grow the hell up or move on. What a bogus post that was…

  6. doubledink says:

    Another fat juicy worm laid out there and it’s snap, snap, snap.

  7. Ya, no kidding. That has to be about the biggest fall from grace of any sports figure ever. From one of greatest and most revered coaches of all time to villain in just a few short months. And then gone. That has to be big hurt in the heart of all his players who considerd him one the greatest men and greatest influences in their lives. I think we should leave them all alone. They’ve been through enough.

  8. MoSeahawk12 says:

    He supported his school and a man that did a lot for him. Without all the facts many make assumptions that are inaccurate and misinformed. I call them yankers.

  9. yankinta says:

    Nah,, I’m just saying that caught my attention when he said what he said about Joe after everything has been exposed…. Obviously, none of us have the whole story.

    The fact is, People with integrity would stand up for those victims/kids that were abused,, No Matter What….

  10. ChrisHolmes says:

    “Another fat juicy worm laid out there and it’s snap, snap, snap.”


    It’s doesn’t get any simpler guys: just ignore.

    I’m glad M-Rob is back. He gave this team some good years. If we do something really special this season, it would be cool to have him be a part of it.

  11. tealskin says:

    It’s the season for Yakinta bashing. There are many aspects to that Penn State scandel, but the one that stuck out to me was how the Administration and student body wanted the whole thing to be swept under the rug and not undermine their precious football program. MikeRob was entitled to feel loyalty to his mentor but I think Yakinta was within his rights to question how classy it was. And I think in general MRob is a classy guy.

  12. rramstad says:

    Ignore the juicy worm, indeed. Yank did it again in his last post. I used to think he was just someone with too much time on his hands and an inability to self edit i.e. I gave him the benefit of the doubt and assumed that the side effects of his posts were unintentional. Lately I think he’s actively trying to stir up the board for kicks.

  13. yankinta says:

    plus I only brought it up because someone mentioned class and it brought back those memories…. I do like him as a player. But I just don’t know him as a person. None of us do!!

    Facts are facts.

  14. Screensmoke says:

    Monday can’t come soon enouph!Amen

  15. Screensmoke says:

    Enough- sorry yank

  16. yankinta says:

    Again, People with integrity would stand up for those victims/kids that were abused,, No Matter What…..

    Most people would rather be ignorant….

  17. Screensmoke says:

    Your right-anybody who went to penn state=automatic red flag!you definately are entertaining yank.I will say that.

  18. How Bout Them Seahawks…This is their blog right?

    Welcome Back Mike Rob hope things start clicking better on O especially on short yardage.

  19. Screensmoke says:

    MauMau-yor a bad ass!thank you for that

  20. yankinta says:

    Screensmoke,, you don’t get it. Read my first post. I didn’t say anyone that went to that School. smh….

  21. rramstad says:

    Yank is starting to remind me of a trolling Rams fan on another board. He would routinely say inflammatory things and then when called on it would claim he was misunderstood, or just putting forth an idea for discussion, and so on, essentially playing the victim card.

    Ultimately he was banned as every time he posted, it was either inflammatory opinions designed to create controversy OR it was whining and complaining that he was being misunderstood, pigeonholed, or persecuted.

    I have absolutely no problem with the majority of posters and have no issues at all with people who have different opinions than me. I do have problems with people who are constantly “shaking my head” at the stupidity or lack of wisdom of other posters.

  22. I wasnt pleased with Robinsons take on the Penn State atrocities. Lets face it, Paterno’s legacy is tainted at best, ruined at worst. But to say the guy never did anything good is flat wrong. And its a fine thing that Robinson thanked Paterno for his influence, and that he remembers and gives credit for the what the guy did for him.

    The people who were positively impacted by Paterno should remember all the good that he accomplished; but they also should keep in mind the magnitude of Paterno’s folly, and the human cost it engendered. I would bet Robinson has come to realize this, if he didnt at first.

    Calling into question Mike Robinson’s character over this is ridiculous. No one is perfect, but by all accounts Robinson is a good man, a good teammate, and we’re lucky to get him back.

    I dont believe his words of support for Paterno taint his overall character to the degree you seem to. Contrary to Paterno, Mike Robinsons positive contributions far exceed his mistakes.

  23. I think Yankinta brings up a fair point for discussion though, even though I disagree with his take and his wording.

  24. MEhawkfan says:

    “A pro’s pro and class guy. Very glad he’s back.”

    What he said.

  25. Screensmoke says:

    I’m hoping for some blow outs- so we can see what Christine Michael is all about. I have a feeling he is going to go off when he has a chance.

  26. Southendzone says:

    Mike Rob posted link to Sue Paterno’s letter regarding the findings of the Free report from his Twitter a year or so back when this was news.

    Mike Rob spoke at Joe P’s memorial service, as did many former players.

    Fair to characterize these actions as Mike Rob supporting and remaining loyal to his former coach.

    Yanker thinks such support should be counted against MRob in terms of his character.

    There’s the argument. I’ve got no issue with his loyalty (posthumously no less) to someone he respected as a coach.

  27. I am SO happy to see Mike Rob coming back. Not just for the team but also for the man. And I look forward to watching him on ESPN or NFL Network some day.

    That said I think a healthy Mike Rob is going to make a HUGE HUGE difference for this team.

    Remember this guy was one hell of an athlete in college. Heisman candidate at QB. He became a standout Special Teams player before we got him. We stuck him in at FB as kind of an emergency plug-in. By the next season he had developed his body and his mind into one of the best FB’s in the league. Pro Bowler last year (Granted All-Pro means more but still…)

    The addition of Mike Rob will open up the offense as much as Percy Harvin will. Why? Because Mike Rob can lead block. Mike Rob can pass block. Mike Rob can catch. No offense to Coleman, who did a decent job. But Mike Rob is a much better athlete.

    But most of all Mike Rob can lead. The rest of the team respects his leadership like no one else. And some day, some time, some where in the next 9+ games, this team will NEED his leadership. It’s a good day to be a Seahawk fan…

  28. ChrisHolmes says:

    Life isn’t black and white. It’s shades of grey. There are always multiple sides to a story, multiple interpretations, multiple ways to view the facts.

    And rarely is the character of an individual person every clearly black or white either. There are shades, dimensions and depth to everyone, and unless you’ve walked in another person’s shoes and experienced their life, you can’t know how they feel about an event, or person, or how they see the world.

    I thought M-Rob’s comments about the business aspect of football and his conversations with PC and JS are a good example of what Dukeshire was saying. It takes someone possessing of a certain kind of character to be able to say those things, to not react emotionally or vindictively.

    In this day and age of the diva football players seeking huge contracts and guys being media whores, it’s nice to hear from someone who is grounded in reality. M-Rob knew what he was getting into; it’s a business. He was clear and reasoned in his thinking and saw the writing on the wall when he fell ill. He didn’t let his emotions cloud his logic. Good for him. I wish there were more players like him.

    As for Paterno… His legacy is clearly tainted, and that’s a closed chapter now. I don’t condone his cover-up (and no reasonable person would), but in a world that is not black-and-white, in a place where shades of gray are a reality, I can totally understand a former player displaying loyalty to the only college head coach he ever knew, who gave him a shot to shine at the QB position.

    And something else to consider: in this day and age, loyalty to the people who help us, guide us, and give us our starts in life is an under-represented character trait, IMO.

    It’s sad that Paterno looked the other way and didn’t stop it. His legacy is ruined for all time. And those boys’ lives are forever altered.

    But that has nothing to do with M-Rob being a Seahawk.

  29. Here’s hoping for a happy ending to this story: i.e., Mike Rob is 100%, and he and we get the fulfillment we’re all looking for.

  30. freedom_X says:

    I’m glad Robinson is back, and I hope he sticks around for the whole season (i.e. doesn’t become a casualty when Coleman is healthy again.)

    But I don’t think he’s going to have this galvanizing impact. If he would have pepped up the offense, he would have been re-signed long ago. Or some other team would have picked him up. There’s only so much impact a fullback can have on a team.

    If the offense takes off, it will be because the O-line is getting better (healthier and more experienced) and the opponents are weaker. (plus more home games.) Show me that Coleman was missing lots of blocks or dropping lots of passes and I might be convinced Robinson would have a big impact above what Seattle was getting. I haven’t seen that breakdown though.

    As for the locker room, he’s a great leader but at this time, Seattle has a pretty solid locker room already. So it’s not like they have a big problem that Robinson is going to help fix in terms of team chemistry.

  31. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Now that Robinson is back and Lockett is back perhaps Winston Guy and Moffitt will come back to make the Real Rob report complete. Lol.

    This is a feel good story, however hopefully it will translate to the playing field in a positive way too.

    The bigger story is getting some of our impact players back in time for the playoffs, like Miller, Harvin, and Okung.

  32. Screensmoke says:

    Freedom x – good points- what’s nice about this is the fact he was part of this thing when it got Rollin and now he can be part of it again. I’ve allways thought he was a great team player and that is what it takes to win a championship. He certainly won’t hurt us but can definate be a part of this whole thing.He def is a natural leader do to his football history-

  33. GeorgiaHawk says:


    “And here’s to you, Michael Robinson”
    “12th loves you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo)”
    “Be healthy please, Michael Robinson”
    “The FO holds a place for those who play”
    “(Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey)”

  34. seatowntp says:

    Watching the Mike Rob press conference, it would be difficult not to like him. He has charisma.

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