Brian Robison

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Brian Robison
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Robison in the 2012 season
No. 96 Minnesota Vikings
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-04-27) April 27, 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 259 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school: Splendora (TX)
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 4 / Pick: 102
Career history
Career highlights and awards
NFL
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2007)
College
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Total tackles: 269
Sacks: 56.0
Pass deflections: 17
Forced fumbles: 13
Fumble recoveries: 8
Defensive touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Brian Gale Robison (born April 27, 1983) is an American football defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. Robison is also a world-class shot putter. He played college football for the Texas Longhorns. He was drafted with the third selection of the fourth round (102nd overall) by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2007 NFL Draft.

High school career[edit]

Robison attended Splendora High School in Splendora, Texas, where he earned All-State honors in both football and track and field. He was a four-year starter at defensive tackle (freshman) and linebacker (final three years). He registered 66 tackles for losses and 28 sacks in his final three seasons. As a senior, he earned second-team All-State Class 3A and first-team All-District honors, registering 98 tackles, 20 stops behind the line of scrimmage, eight sacks and four pass deflections. He was honorable mention All-State and first-team All-District selection as a junior after posted 121 tackles, 14 stops for losses, eight sacks and seven pass break-ups for a defense that allowed only 101 points in 2000. As a sophomore, he had 125 tackles, 32 stops behind the line of scrimmage, 12 sacks, 12 pass deflections and an interception as a sophomore. In addition he spent some time at running back (averaging 11 yards per carry and scoring three times) and tight end during his career.

Also an standout track and field, Robison was one of the nation's top discus and shot putters, winning both events at the district, regional and state meets as a senior.[1] He still holds the Texas high school record in the discus throw at 65.61 meters (215 ft, 2 in).[2] He also played basketball (forward) for four years and baseball (pitcher) for two years and was an honor roll student, being named a four-year Academic All-District selection and was second-team Academic All-State as a senior. Robison had his number 40 jersey retired by Splendora High School in September 2004.

College career[edit]

Robison played for the University of Texas at Austin. He was part of a Texas recruiting class which contained future NFL players Rodrique Wright, Justin Blalock, Aaron Ross, Kasey Studdard, Lyle Sendlein, David Thomas, Selvin Young, and Vince Young.[3] This class has been cited as one of the strongest college recruiting classes ever.[4] He was a member of their 2005 national championship team. During his career at the University of Texas, Brian Robison was ranked 12th in school history with 41 tackles for a loss, he tied a season record four blocked kicks in 2003, and six blocked kicks in his career. Both are records in Longhorn history. Robison also has 181 total tackles, with 106 solo tackles and 15 sacks. Robison also starred in track and field at Texas, where he competed as a shot putter and posted the best third best discus throw mark in Texas history with a 59.69-meter effort. He also ran 4.67 in the 40-yard dash, posted a 470-pound bench press and 345-pound power clean at his campus workout at the University of Texas. He was a Liberal Arts major, and was on the University of Texas Honor Roll. Brian did earn his degree before being drafted to Minnesota.

Freshman season[edit]

Robison redshirted in 2002 and in 2003, Robison played all 13 games at middle linebacker, starting in three of those games and registered 38 tackles, 22 solo, one sack, and four stops for losses. In addition, he had 14 quarterback rushes and caused one fumble. He also had one deflected pass, and tied a school record with four blocked kicks.

Sophomore season[edit]

In Robison's sophomore campaign, he was an honorable mention on the Associated Press (AP) All-Big 12 Conference. He started all 12 games at right defensive end, and participated on special teams. Robison recorded 48 tackles, 27 solo, 1.5 sacks, and a two-yard interception. He finished second on the team with 14 stops for minus 26 yards, and 18 quarterback pressures.

During the 2004 track and field season, he earned a Big 12 title in the shot put in Manhattan, Kansas. Two years later he finished second in the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the shot put, with a career top-throw of 20.85 meters. His best discus throw mark in college was 59.69 meters, that ranks 3rd in UT history. He also ran 4.67 in the 40-yard dash, posted a 470-pound bench press and 345-pound power clean at his campus workout at the University of Texas.

Junior season[edit]

Robison then entered the 2005 season, and started in 12 games at right defensive end. Robison recorded a career high 58 tackles, 35 solo, and led the team in quarterback sacks with seven. He also had 15 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Robison was credited with 10 quarterback pressures, four pass deflections, and three forced fumbles. Brian also blocked one kick, recovered two fumbles. Robison was named First-team All-Big 12 Conference by Austin-American Statesman, adding Second-team Honors from the Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, and Fort-Worth Star Telegram and Honorable Mention from the leagues coaches and Associated Press.

Senior season[edit]

In Robison's final season at Texas, he was Honorable Mention All-Big 12 Conference, and battled through a rash of injuries, but still managed to start in 10 of 12 games at right defensive end. Robison suffered a deep right knee and patella tendon bruise, and a quadriceps muscle strain, that sat him out for two games. Even with all his injuries, he still managed to get 37 tackles, 22 solo, 5.5 sacks, and nine stops for a loss. He also added 15 quarterback hurries, three deflected passes and a blocked kick. Robison even played one game while battling pneumonia.

In track and field, Robison finished second in the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the shot put with a career top-throw of 20.85 meters.

Statistics[edit]

Regular season statistics Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Season Team GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck Tfl PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR FR YDS
2003 Texas 13 3 38 22 16 1.0 4.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0
2004 Texas 12 12 48 27 21 1.5 14.0 0 1 2 2.0 2 1 2 0 0
2005 Texas 12 12 58 35 23 7.0 15.0 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 Texas 12 10 37 22 15 5.5 9.0 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1 9
Totals 49 37 181 106 75 15.0 42.0 8 1 2 2.0 2 1 4 1 9

Professional career[edit]

2007 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 in 259 lb 4.74 s 1.66 s 2.74 s 4.26 s 6.89 s 40.5 in 10 ft 1 in 27 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

2007 season[edit]

Robison was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round (102nd overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He was one of seven Longhorns selected by professional football teams, with the others being Michael Griffin (19th overall) and Aaron Ross (20th overall) in the first round, Justin Blalock (39th overall) and Tim Crowder (56th overall) in the second, Tarell Brown in the fifth (number 147th overall) and Kasey Studdard in the sixth (number 183rd overall).[6]

Robison appeared in all 16 games of his rookie season and made five starts at right defensive end. In his professional debut against the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener game, he notched a pair of sacks on quarterback Joey Harrington.[7] In a week 4 game against the undefeated Green Bay Packers, Robison had 5 tackles and a sack of Brett Favre, who became the NFL's all-time leader in career touchdown passes during the game. His sack made him the last Vikings player to sack Favre.[8] In the Vikings' 29-22 win over the Oakland Raiders in week 11, he was credited with a sack and a forced fumble. Robison earned All-Rookie honors after finishing his rookie campaign with 26 total tackles (20 of them solo), 4.5 sacks that ranked third among rookies and a forced fumble.[9]

2008 season[edit]

With Jared Allen established as the starter at the right defensive end spot, Robison saw action in 15 games as his primary backup. He started in place of injured left defensive end Ray Edwards in the Wild Card Playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles on January 4, 2009, and was credited with a team-best 7 quarterback hurries while also registering 2 solo tackles and a tackle for a loss. In week 15, he notched his second sack and first forced fumble of the year when he knocked the ball free from Kurt Warner in the win at the Arizona Cardinals. Robison had 14 tackles (7 solo), 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble in his second season.

2009 season[edit]

Robison competed in the shot put during the 2009 off-season, finishing first at a meet at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His throw of 60 feet, 11½ inches (18.58 meters) took first place by more than 5 feet at the Tomcat Twilight.[10]

In his third season, Robison played in all 16 games and both playoff contests. He posted sacks in 3 of the final 4 regular season games (). In the Vikings' 30-23 win against the Green Bay Packers, he was credited with 1.5 of the 8.0 sacks the team had on Aaron Rodgers, a mark that was one sack shy of the Vikings team record in a game. Robison had a career-low 10 tackles on the season but also tied a then career-best with 4.5 sacks, the same mark he had his rookie year and ranked fourth on the team with 13 quarterback hurries.

2010 season[edit]

Robison again played in all 16 games for a Vikings defense that ranked in the top-10 defenses in the NFL for the third straight season. He only started a pair of games at in place of Ray Edwards against the Bills on December 5 and Giants the following week. He had two sacks on the year, with the first coming in week 3 against Detroit Lions when he caught Shaun Hill. After replacing Edwards in the second half of the game at Washington on November 28, he notched a sack of Donovan McNabb in the Vikings' 17–13 win over the Redskins. The following week, he had three tackles and recovered a pair of fumbles against the Buffalo Bills. Robison posted 15 tackles and 2.0 sacks, and recovered two fumbles as the Vikings finished the season with a 6–10 record.

2011 season[edit]

Following the departure of Ray Edwards in 2011, Robison became a full-time starter and had a break-out year, starting all 16 games at left defensive end and recording then career-highs in tackles with 44, sacks with 8.0 that ranked second on the team behind Jared Allen (who had a league-best 22.0) and forced fumbles with 3. He was part of a Vikings' defensive line that produced 40.5 of the team's 50 sacks, which tied for the NFL lead and the third-most in team history. He started the season fast with 4.5 sacks in the opening 5 games, but his season ended up being best remembered[by whom?] for kicking Packers offensive lineman T. J. Lang in the groin in the week 7 game during a field goal try.[11] Robison was fined $20,000 for the kick.[12]

2012 season[edit]

Robison again spent his second season as full-time starter at left defensive end opposite Jared Allen. He started all 15 games he played in the regular season and started the Wild Card playoff game against the Packers. He was credited with 3 passes defended against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 6. On October 31, he recorded nine tackles, a forced fumble and a career-best 3.5 sacks as the Vikings defense notched seven sacks in the 21-14 win over the Arizona Cardinals in week 7. Robison's 8.5 sacks ranked second on the team again behind Jared Allen and he posted a career-high 7 passes defensed, tied for the second-most by a defensive lineman in a season in team history. He also ranked tied for second on the team with 3 forced fumbles and recovered[clarification needed]

2013 season[edit]

Robison started all 16 games for the second time in his career. As one of the most unknown pass-rushers in the league, he earned a spot on USA Today’s All-Joe Team, honoring the unsung players in the NFL. He led team with 40 quarterback hurries and notched career-highs with 14 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks that ranked second on the team. He had sacks in 5 consecutive games that started in week 11 at Seattle and ended against the Philadelphia Eagles in week 15. In the week 2 loss at the Chicago Bears, he scored his first career touchdown when he recovered a fumble from Jay Cutler which was forced by Jared Allen and returned it 61 yards. The play was the third-longest fumble recovery by a Vikings defensive lineman.

2014 season[edit]

Robison started all 16 games for the third time in his career and tallied 4.5 sacks on the year, with all of those coming in a 8-week span. He split a sack of Lions Matthew Stafford in week 6, brought down Mike Glennon at Tampa Bay in the 19-13 overtime win, leveled Redskins' Robert Griffin III the following week, chased down Aaron Rodgers in week 12 and met Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith in the backfield on December 7. Robison compiled 24 tackles on the season and set a career-high with 45 quarterback pressures, good for second on the team.

2015 season[edit]

In 2015, Robison completed his fifth season as a full-time starter at left defensive end, opening every game, including the wildcard playoff game. He notched 4.0 sacks in the final five regular season games as the team went on a three-game win streak to end the season 11–5 and clinch the NFC North title for the first time since 2009. During the season, he sacked both Manning brothers, Peyton in week 4 and Eli in week 15. In the Wildcard playoff hearth-breaking loss to the Seattle Seahawks, he had 2.0 sacks of Russell Wilson. Robison finished his ninth year in the league with 34 tackles, 5 sacks and 4 passes defensed, his most since the 2012 season when he had batted down 7 passes.

2016 season[edit]

Robison started at left defensive end the first game of the season at the Tennessee Titans and was credited with two tackles and a pass defended. In week 2 against the Green Bay Packers, Robison strip-sacked Aaron Rodgers from behind in the fourth quarter, causing him to fumble the ball for the second time in a game where Minnesota totaled five sacks for combined losses of 33 yards and forced a career-high three fumbles that helped the Vikings open their new stadium with a win.[13] Against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3, Robison had a sack for the second straight week. Robison brought down Texans' quarterback Brock Osweiler two times in the Vikings' 31–13 win in Week 5.

2017 season[edit]

On March 24, 2017, Robison signed a one-year contract extension with the Vikings through the 2018 season.[14]

Statistics[edit]

Regular season statistics Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Season Team GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck Sfty PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR FR YDS TDs
2007 Minnesota Vikings 16 5 26 20 6 4.5 -- 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2008 Minnesota Vikings 15 0 14 7 7 2.5 -- 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2009 Minnesota Vikings 16 0 10 8 2 4.5 -- 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 Minnesota Vikings 16 2 15 13 2 2.0 -- 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 2 0 0
2011 Minnesota Vikings 16 16 44 27 17 8.0 -- 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 3 2 0 0
2012 Minnesota Vikings 15 15 37 26 11 8.5 -- 7 0 0 0.0 0 0 3 1 0 0
2013 Minnesota Vikings 16 16 37 25 12 9.0 -- 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 61 1
2014 Minnesota Vikings 16 16 24 17 7 4.5 -- 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 Minnesota Vikings 16 16 34 30 4 5.0 -- 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 2 0 0
2016 Minnesota Vikings 16 16 28 18 10 7.5 -- 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Totals 158 102 269 191 78 56.0 -- 17 0 0 0.0 0 0 13 8 61 1

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ "VikeFans.com – A Viking's home is wherever he Lands". VikeFans.com. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Texas 2002 Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved January 31, 2008. 
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  5. ^ "Brian Robison - Texas, DE : 2007 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  6. ^ "NCAA Schools: TEXAS". ESPN. April 29, 2007. Retrieved May 1, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Vikings-Falcons Have Coaches, Connections In Common". Vikings.com. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Watch Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings [09/30/2007] - NFL.com". NFL.com. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Saluting the 2007 all-rookie team". NFL.com. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Elite field here Friday for MTF's Tomcat Twilight - University of St. Thomas". TommieSports.com. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Video: Brian Robison kicks T.J. Lang". JSOnline.com. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  12. ^ "NFL fines Vikes' Robison $20K for kick to groin". ESPN.go.com. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Vikings-Packers Notebook: Relentlessness Rewarded with 5.0 Sacks, Victory". Vikings.com. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  14. ^ Alper, Josh (March 24, 2017). "Brian Robison takes 2017 pay cut, adds year to contract". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com. 
  15. ^ "Brian Robison Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 

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