By the time he turns 40 in 2017, the former first-round pick of the New York Jets will have been in the league for more than 10,000 snaps.
And if he’s not getting his job done, he could still have a future in the NFL as a pass rusher, perhaps even more so than he did as a rookie.
“I’m just trying to stay in my area of the field and help my team win,” Robinson said.
Robinson said his career as an offensive tackle has been “the biggest thing” he’s had to overcome. “
The pass rush is just as important to me as being able to block.”
Robinson said his career as an offensive tackle has been “the biggest thing” he’s had to overcome.
The former first round pick said he’s been through it all, from his time as a tight end in the AFC East to his first three NFL seasons.
In 2015, he was suspended the first four games of the season for violating the league’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs, but he didn’t have the chance to play the rest of the year.
In 2016, he played just three games before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
“You’re not going to be able to play every game if you have knee problems,” Robinson, who is a graduate of Alabama and is one of the country’s top prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft, said.
That was his last season, and after being selected with the 14th overall pick, he has been in a boot camp with the first-team defensive line in New Orleans since the start of training camp.
“He’s been awesome, he’s really been good,” defensive tackle Terrell Thomas, a former New York Giant who played in the 2016 draft class, said of Robinson.
“It’s been great to see.
Robinson said he has had to adapt to a new defensive scheme that he’s never been familiar with. “
Just keep working, keep learning, keep getting better, keep working and it will all come out.”
Robinson said he has had to adapt to a new defensive scheme that he’s never been familiar with.
“Defensive coordinator is a big deal,” he said.
Robinson said he had to learn a lot in the offseason and have his teammates and coaches understand what he’s doing on and off the field.
“In a lot all of those little things, you know, it was a little bit different than a lot other people,” he added.
“So it was fun to be a part of it and to learn, learn and learn.”
When he’s playing the game, he wants to help his team win.
“That’s my goal, to help my teammates win, to make them feel good about themselves,” he says.
Robinson is the first player since Dwight Freeney to earn a Super Bowl ring.
He also will be one of two players who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, joining fellow defensive end Aaron Donald and defensive end Joey Porter, who were inducted last year.
Robinson, whose Hall of Famer days ended in 2006, said he will be an ambassador for the sport in the community, as well as a role model for young players who want to reach the NFL.
“I don’t think there’s ever been anyone like him, I don’t believe there’s a player in this league right now,” Thomas said.
Thomas said Robinson has been one of his most influential mentors.
“A lot of the things that he taught me I’ve carried through,” he continued.
“There are a lot things I learned from him.
He taught me to never quit.
When he says he never gave up, he means it.”