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Michael Robinson Added to NFC Pro Bowl Roster

January 19th, 2012

Michael Robinson

Not many players (possibly none?) can say they’ve finished 5th in Heisman voting AND have earned a trip to the Pro Bowl as a fullback. Well now, Michael Robinson can.

The fullback for the Seahawks was added to the NFC’s Pro Bowl Roster on Thursday, replacing injured Green Bay Packer John Kuhn.

Robinson was initially named as the alternate for the NFC fullback spot when Pro Bowl rosters were released in late December. His only shot to end up in Hawaii  originally looked to be if the Packers went to the Super Bowl and thus had to pull their players from the Pro Bowl, but you know what they say about the best laid plans…

In his second season with the Seahawks, the former Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year played a substantial role in leading Marshawn Lynch to his first 1,000+ yard season since the ’08-’09 campaign. Robinson was also named a special teams captain for Seattle coming into the season, and even scored a touchdown on a blocked punt in the latter half of the season.

Although his main role in the offense was to be Lynch’s lead-blocker, Robinson wasn’t totally absent from the stat sheet. For the season, he had 9 catches for 74 yards and one receiving touchdown. The numbers don’t exactly stand out, which goes to show how much of an impact he had as a blocker.

As the afore-linked article on Seahawks.com also points out, his off-the-field role did not go unnoticed either. His teammates gave him a tool belt as a present that “ signifies that I [Robinson] come to work and I can fix a lot of problems. That’s going to be in my locker forever now.”

Robinson is the second Nittany Lion in the game, along with Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali. In fact, they will probably cross paths at some point during the game, as Hali is on the AFC squad. The Pro Bowl will be played in Honolulu on the weekend before the Super Bowl.

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