Eugene Robinson

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Eugene Robinson
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Personal information
Born: (1963-05-28) May 28, 1963 (age 58)
Hartford, Connecticut
Career information
High school:Hartford (CT) Weaver
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
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Eugene Keefe Robinson (born May 28, 1963) is an American football safety who played in the National Football League for 16 seasons, primarily with the Seattle Seahawks. He played college football at Colgate and was signed by Seattle in 1985 as an undrafted free agent. During his 11 seasons on the Seahawks, Robinson was named to two Pro Bowls and led the league in interceptions in 1993. He played his next two seasons with the Green Bay Packers, making a Super Bowl appearance in each and winning Super Bowl XXXI. Robinson's following two seasons were as a member of the Atlanta Falcons, where he earned a third Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl appearance in 1998. In his final season, he played for the Carolina Panthers.

Professional career[edit]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

After a college career at Colgate University, Robinson spent his first 11 NFL seasons with the Seahawks, being selected to the Pro Bowl twice in 1992 and 1993. Robinson is the Seahawks' 2nd all-time tackle leader and second in interceptions.

Green Bay Packers[edit]

After the 1995 season, Robinson signed with the Packers. That year, he recorded 55 tackles and led Green Bay with eight interceptions. After the 1996 season, the Packers went on to win Super Bowl XXXI 35–21, over his hometown team, the New England Patriots, earning Robinson a championship ring. Then again, after the 1997 season, Robinson and the Packers went to Super Bowl XXXII, however they lost 31–24, to the Denver Broncos. With his team trailing 24–17 in the third quarter, Robinson intercepted a pass from Broncos quarterback John Elway in the end zone, preventing Denver from building a bigger lead and setting up a touchdown on Green Bay's ensuing drive to tie the game. He also recorded an interception of Steve Young that set up a touchdown in the Packers 23–10 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC title game two weeks prior.

During Super Bowl XXXII, Robinson not only declared to his teammates that the Broncos were like the Colts (the worst team in football that year, but who defeated the Packers 41–38 in week 12), but also declared, "This team is not better than us; they're not even good!"

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

After the 1997 season, Robinson joined the Atlanta Falcons in 1998. During the season, Robinson recorded 46 tackles, two fumble recoveries, four interceptions, and one touchdown return, earning his third career Pro Bowl selection. After making a game-saving play in the NFC Championship game (breaking up an otherwise certain winning touchdown to Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss) Robinson made it back to the Super Bowl (the Falcons' first appearance ever) for the third year in a row, and again faced the Broncos.

The night prior to Super Bowl XXXIII, Robinson was arrested by an undercover police officer for soliciting a prostitute.[1] Earlier that day, Robinson received the Athletes in Action/Bart Starr Award, given annually to a player who best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community. After the arrest, Robinson agreed to return the award.[2]

The next day, without much sleep the night before due to the prostitution incident, Robinson gave up an 80-yard touchdown reception to Broncos receiver Rod Smith, giving the Broncos a 17–3 lead over the Falcons. Later, in the fourth quarter, he missed a tackle on Denver running back Terrell Davis that enabled Davis to break a long run to the Atlanta 10-yard line. The Atlanta Falcons ended up losing the game, 34–19, and Robinson was widely denounced by the press and fans for the previous night's incident. The next season was Robinson's last with the Falcons.

Carolina Panthers[edit]

After leaving the Falcons, Robinson joined the Carolina Panthers, and retired following the 2000 season.

Career summary[edit]

In his 16 seasons, Robinson recorded 1,415 tackles, 57 interceptions, 762 return yards, 22 fumble recoveries, 71 return yards, and two touchdowns (one fumble return, one interception return), and 7.5 sacks. His 57 interceptions have been exceeded by just 11 players, four of whom are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Coaching and broadcasting career[edit]

Robinson served as a color analyst for the Carolina Panthers Radio Network from 2002-18.[3] He currently serves as a varsity football and wrestling coach at Charlotte Christian School in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Beginning in January 2015, Robinson is a co-host of the morning television show Charlotte Today on WCNC-TV, Charlotte, NC.

Personal life[edit]

Robinson is a Christian and spoke with the Carolina Panthers team before Super Bowl 50. [4]


  1. ^ Freeman, Mike (2 February 1999). "SUPER BOWL XXXIII; Robinson's Arrest Looms Larger After the Falcons' Defeat" – via
  2. ^ Nidetz, Stephen (1999-02-06). "FALCONS' ROBINSON TO RETURN AWARD FOR GOOD CHARACTER". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
  3. ^ "Eugene Robinson will not return as radio analyst for Panthers". Carolina Panthers.
  4. ^ "A Redemption Story—17 Years in the Making".

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