He’s been on a soap opera, the NFL Network, and various other television spots during the offseason. It seems like fullback Michael Robinson may not be back on the field.
He’s a 31-year-old free agent, and told Statecollege.com that his career could well be over.
“There really isn’t a market for 31-year fullbacks headed into their ninth year in the league,” Robinson said over the weekend. “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.”
The Seahawks appear to have moved on from Robinson. Derrick Coleman looks set to become the full-time fullback, with Spencer Ware as the backup.
Robinson was renowned for his leadership as much as his blocking. He was an important part of special teams, where he once was captain, and also moonlighted as Marshawn Lynch’s spokesperson. His locker was next to Lynch’s, and the two lived together this past season. He enjoyed harassing Lynch.
He also provided the Real Rob Report, beloved by fans.
If he is done, Robinson will leave having played for what are currently the NFL’s biggest rivals, the San Francisco 49ers and the Seahawks. He made the Pro Bowl in 2011. Last season, he was able to return after a sickness in training camp repeatedly hospitalized and threatened his life. Once doctors figured out what was happening, Robinson got healthy following significant weight loss. Then, Coleman was hurt. Robinson returned. He cried after winning the NFC title game. He basked in victory following the Super Bowl.
If this is the end, what an ending it was.