If you type in the name "Christian Robinson" on You Tube, you won't find much beyond a series of interviews. I'm not taking anything away from the young man's eloquence as a communicator; he is, for all intents and purposes, the defense's go-to guy behind the mic for that reason. But in my opinion, Christian Robinson is so much more than a silver tongue. He is an overlooked football player and model citizen who exemplifies why it's great to be a Georgia Bulldog.
On the field, Robinson gave nothing but his all, despite being a big ol' softie. Although he never body slammed any nerds (man, that never gets old!), Robinson was a one-man wrecking crew against triple-option offenses, seemingly always knowing his assignment against the vaunted attack of Paul "Genius" Johnson and friends. He also had a nose for the ball, coming up with some key fumbles in his career. He played through injury on more than one occasion, battling a foot complication throughout his time as a Dawg.
Beyond being overlooked as a football player, I'd like to think that Christian Robinson's importance to this team was also a good bit understated. A model citizen, Robinson has been a vocal leader on the football team and an ambassador for the team in the UGA community. He never got in trouble with the law, never complained about his role on the team, always represented himself with the utmost of dignity and professional grace. He was the recipient of numerous academic honors and scholarships and volunteered in innumerable community service projects. In short, guys like Christian Robinson are, in my opinion, what all college athletes should strive to be.
I had the pleasure of meeting and briefly chatting with him after the Tech game last season and it was immediately apparent to me that he loves being a Georgia Bulldog and is more proud of the G on his helmet than the name on the back of his jersey. In an era where everyone in the media is out for dirt or a feel-bad story to grab readers' attention, the contributions of fine young men like Christian Robinson almost always take a back seat, which is truly unfortunate.
C-Rob graduated from UGA today with a degree in Sports Management. Will the Capital One Bowl against Nebraska be his last experience playing football under the bright lights? Perhaps. Perhaps not. Even if Robinson does not get the opportunity to play ball at the next level, he plans to get involved with coaching to further dedicate himself to the game he so obviously loves. I personally would be honored to have any of my unborn son play for a guy like him.
It is for this reason that I ask you to join me in raising a paw to Christian Robinson, a DGD who stands for everything that's right with college football today.