At 5:28 PM on August 28, Brian Robinson Jr. saw the glimmer of his football future.
Two teenage attackers approach Robinson on a busy Washington, D.C. street lined with restaurants and bars. They were brandishing guns and intending to steal Washington leaders Police say the starter is running backwards.
Robinson repels one of the attackers. The other shot Robinson twice, one hitting his right ass and the other going through his right knee. Robinson’s injuries were not life-threatening, but when paramedics treated him at the scene and took him to hospital, Alabama Producer and third round drafter wondered if he would ever play football again.
“This may have been the lowest point of my life,” Robinson told reporters on Wednesday in his first public comment since the shooting.
After suffering for thirty-eight days of shooting, Robinson experienced what he described as a “beautiful” moment. Not only did he return to practice with the leaders on Wednesday, he also exceeded his own expectations as far as he was capable of doing.
A plethora of video cameras and cell phones have captured a picture of Robinson lighting his former blast during agility and ball security drills, and doing some plays with the captains attack. Robinson was so excited that he tried to sneak in a few extra reps, forcing coach Ron Rivera to step in and tell him, “No, no, no.”
Leaders have a 21-day window to add Robinson to their active list. Rivera does not rule out the possibility that running will lead to an NFL debut at the earliest Sunday vs Tennessee. “If he continues to advance, there is a very good chance,” Rivera said Monday. On Wednesday, Rivera reiterated that it depends on how Robinson responds to exercising for the first time in over a month.
“It’s always a good indication that when a guy gets his first real workout, his reaction the next day,” Rivera said. “And if he practices again like he did today, we’ll see if there’s any withdrawal.”
The strong-willed rookie bravely fought through adversity and overcame the odds at every stage of his football career. Upon entering high school, Robinson vowed to become a rare Tuscaloosa native to earn the chance to play in his hometown of Alabama. Robinson’s unexpected dream came true in the middle of his junior season when coach Nick Saban offered a scholarship shortly after watching a 447-yard backrun dash in one high school game.
The Alabama backroom was full of announced recruits and future NFL draft picks when Robinson arrived in 2017. Instead of a transfer when he couldn’t beat the likes of Boo ScarbroAnd the Damian HarrisAnd the Josh Jacobs And the Nagy HarrisRobinson waited his turn and then unleashed a 1,343-yard Tour de Force and 14 touchdowns last year when he was a fifth-year student.
Leaders picked Robinson in the third round of the NFL Draft last April, a decision he endorsed through an impressive training camp. The novice seemed to be on his way to seizing an important role and maybe even getting rid of starting to run back Antonio Gibson Even attempted robbery two weeks before the regular season opener for leaders.
At first, the ill-timed setback was a huge blow to Robinson.
“My passion for this game is very deep,” he said. “I never thought I’d be in a situation where I had to wonder or be asked if I could go back to playing football.”
Robinson’s mentality has gradually improved thanks to the support of his teammates and coaches and an encouraging report from his surgeon. The bullet that somehow penetrated his right knee did not damage any bones or ligaments.
“Once the doctors told me I would be able to play ball again,” he said, “my mind automatically clicked on what I needed to do to get myself back on the football field.”
Within two days, Robinson was back in the team elbow, a splint on his right leg and crutches under his arms. He even brought a pack of Oreos, and did his rookie duty to provide snacks for the jogging room.
Robinson admitted that coming back from such a horrific incident was “by far the worst I’ve ever dealt with,” but he relied on his history of overcoming obstacles.
“This is just another situation where I had to be stronger than what I was facing,” he said.
The Robinson Health Project as the perfect north-south physical supplement in the backyard of the leader to the skilled Gibson and to the passing specialist JD Mikic. During training camp, the physical 228-pounder striker also surprised the leaders with his talent for catching the ball and making defenders miss in open spaces.
While the leaders started 1-3 and dropped two games against divisional opponents, Rivera hopes that Robinson’s return will help turnaround. Carson Wentz He has been sent off 16 times during the current three-game Leaders losing streak. A more aggressive running game can make defensive line guys more difficult to launch on Wentz and can open up play opportunities.
“I hope it’s a great shot in the arm,” Rivera said. “Hopefully we get what we were expecting to get – that’s the other quality we’re looking at.”
At the very least, Robinson’s return should provide an emotional spark. thirty-eight days In the past, many wondered if Robinson would ever play again. On Wednesday, he is back on the training ground, dancing, laughing and doing what he loves.