By Matthew Asher
Early on Tuesday, Michael Robinson sent out a simple Tweet dedicated to the Seattle’s faithful. The Tweet simply said “Sign, sealed and delivered! Finally back at work! Thanks 12th Man for all your support.”
For those unfamiliar with Robinson, he is the epitome of blue-collar work ethic in the NFL. A fan favorite (and former team captain) in Seattle, Robinson’s career started out with the NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers who drafted him with the 100th pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. After being released by the 49ers in 2010, Seattle pick him up at the suggestion of then first-year assistant coach Jeff Ulbrich, who was Robinson’s teammate the previous four seasons in San Francisco.
Seattle’s gamble with Robinson was immediately rewarded as he was selected to the 2011 Pro Bowl. He may have only run the ball four times during the season, but it was his ability to block would-be tacklers and find holes for Marshawn Lynch to go into Beast Mode. How much has he helped out Lynch? In the two seasons they spent together in the backfield, Beast Mode has scored 23 rushing touchdowns. Guess how many Lynch had scored in his previous four seasons in the NFL? The same 23 touchdowns.
Robinson was cut by the team in August. He had missed the end of the preseason due to an illness and was scheduled to earn a base salary of $2.5 million had he started the season on Seattle’s roster. While never confirmed, it’s believed Robinson was cut because of the money.
But as injuries in professional sports work, with fullback Derrick Coleman injured last week against Arizona, and likely out multiple weeks, Seattle now had a free spot in its 53-man roster. Seattle did have a backup fullback in Spencer Ware, but the rookie has been inactive and dealing with an ankle injury for the majority of the season.
Robinson graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in advertising/public relations back in 2004. The next year Robinson earned his second B.A. this time in journalism. He started his on-camera reporting experience by covering the Penn State basketball team and now has a YouTube series called the “Real Rob Report.”
On the show he casually interviews athletes which have included Donovan McNabb, Darrelle Revis and Amar’e Stoudemire. The design of the show gives fans a sneak-peak inside the locker rooms. The show’s tagline is “By Athletes For The Fans.”
So to Mr. Robinson, congratulations on your return to the Seahawks. The 12th Man will adore you as always and await your official return to CenturyLink Field November 3. Before this homecoming, Seattle will take on NFC West opponent St. Louis on Monday Night Football. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:40 pm PDT.
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Matthew Asher is a freelance journalist. From an early age, sports have played a major role in his life. He graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Journalism. After college he spent 2 years working with CNN Sports and still occasionally writes sports articles for several publications both in the United States and Canada. His work can be found on Examiner.com.