This will be a quick one…he’s a head hunter. The end. Ok, no seriously, if you saw the February 9th XFL game this season between the St. Louis Battlehawks and the Dallas Renegades, you would have witnessed a “Mario Bullet man” running around the field “body-ing” Renegade offensive players. Number 23, Kenny Robinson of the XFL Battlehawks is a freak of nature. But, how did he get to the XFL? Where did he come from? Who is Kenny Robinson Jr.?
“My greatest hope regarding the future rests on the mistakes I’ve made in the past, for those are the most effective things I’ve got to build with.”
This quote is from Craig D. Lounsbrough, a certified Professional Life Coach. This quote epitomizes the life we live as humans in this world, where none of us are perfect, and are all susceptible to mistakes. Looking at the life of Kenny Robinson, while he is a phenomenal athlete, he is also prone to making mistakes. The thing is, what can one do when a mistake might end a dream you have always had? Kenny Robinson is still writing his story, but first we must know where Kenny came from, in order to see why he is where he is today.
Kenny Robinson started his high school career as a freshman at Central Catholic in Pittsburgh, PA. He soon transferred to University Prep where he excelled as a receiver – safety. As a sophomore at University Prep he had 31 receptions for 593 yards and 8 touchdowns. His junior year was a down one, as he suffered from a torn tendon in his right calf, which caused him to miss 6 games. He decided to transfer to Imani Christian Academy for his senior year stating, “I’m not transferring for athletic reasons, so I’m not that worried about it.” He continued, “I want to get a better education, I want to get a better SAT score and have better relationship with God.” Very admirable, and a ton of respect for the young man for wanting to better his self spiritually and education wise. But, um, I don’t have any information on those areas. WHAT I do have is a laundry list of football related accolades this man racked up for his senior year. They basically gave Kenny the reigns to the team and said, “go do something great”. Kenny Robinson played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back. He finished his senior year with 2,150 passing yards, 1, 250 rushing yards, 18 touchdowns, had 18 receptions for 287 yards, and only 3 interceptions. He threw for 448 yards during one game making that the 7th most passing yards in a Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) history. He also won WPIAL Defensive Player of the Year, was part of the All State First Team as a DB, and was Pennsylvania All-State 1A First Team DB. (Whew)
Kenny Robinson Jr. was an absolute weapon in high school. Multiple schools took an interest in Kenny including West Virginia, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Temple. He decided to attend West Virginia University as a safety. The 6’2, 195-pound safety only played for West Virginia for two years with a career total of 84 solo tackles, 7 interceptions, 2 touchdowns, and 1 fumble recovery out 25 career games. While attending WVU, the sophomore defensive back was truly making a name for himself and was already hitting some NFL draft board projections for his upcoming junior year. Kenny’s unfortunate rising career would come to a sudden halt after he violated West Virginia University’s code of conduct. Due to this mistake, he was removed from the team. So, in many cases, this left a “black eye” on the opportunity for Robinson to continue his stellar collegiate progression to eventually reach the NFL. He would consider entering the transfer portal to potentially attend another institution, but in the summer of 2019 Robinson participated in a Washington D.C. XFL tryout signifying that he was considering the option of foregoing his last 2 years of remaining eligibility. Robinson would make his decision official after becoming the first player with college eligibility remaining to enter the inaugural XFL Draft. Robinson would also be the youngest player in the XFL at 21 years old.
We will still have to see if Kenny is going to make lemons into lemonade out of his first season in the XFL. Week 1 of the XFL has already proven to show that Robinson has had no problem solidifying himself as a player to watch out for. He definitely wants to prove something to those who still have their eye on him in the NFL. Robinson told Andy Staples of The Athletic, “Now they can see how I hold up mentally and physically. “ He goes on to say, “They’ll see me playing against guys who have actually been in the NFL and done it.”
I can not wait to see what Kenny Robinson Jr. does this year in the XFL. His story is already panning out well in showing your mistakes don’t stop your dreams unless you allow them to. It also takes a bit of luck for opportunities like the XFL to appear when it did.
Thanks for reading guys.
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