Michael Robinson is now taking snaps from an unlikely angle in the NFL. Robinson a former quarterback for the Penn State Nittany Lions is now the starting fullback for the recently crowned NFC West Champion Seattle Seahawks.
As the starting QB for PSU Robinson led the Nittany Lions to one of their most prolific seasons in recent history by leading the team to a Big Ten Conference Championship in 2005. That season Robinson was also named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. Robinson posted 2,350 passing yards with 17 TD’s and 10 INT’s as a senior. There was much debate entering the draft where Robinson would play in the NFL. The San Francisco 49ers drafted Robinson in the 4th Round of the 2006 NFL draft as a running back. Head Coach Mike Nolan saw the potential that Robinson posessed and knew that he would be able to produce on the field.
Robinson would play 3 seasons for the 49ers before becoming a camp casualty in training camp before the 2010 season began. The Seattle Seahawks picked up Robinson and turned him into their starting fullback.
It’s fairly normal to see former college QB’s converted to other positions when they turn pro. Fullback however is not a position that you normally see former signal callers convert to. Robinson is a rare breed that possesses the necessary skills to be able run, throw and now block with the best of them. Robinson was used to avoiding ensuing linebackers and connecting for big plays…now he is taking them head on and helping create these big plays. Tune into the Seahawks taking on the Saints Saturday January 8th for the NFC Wildcard at 4:30.