LRU Spotlight: Interview with DSU Hornets Defensive Back, J.R. Robinson

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing J.R. Robinson, a defensive back for the Delaware State University Hornets. A multi-positional threat, he plays strong safety and roams as free safety, switching to nickel and dime-back when needed. He has five career interceptions – one for a touchdown, and last season, he had 70 tackles, two sacks, and seven pass breakups. He sat down with Locker Room Update to tell us a bit about his experiences playing with the Hornets and his background in football. 
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Alex: When did you first fall in love with playing football? 
J.R. Robinson: Around the age of 5 my late father was football coach for the pop warner team in Irvington, New Jersey (Golden Knights) and even though I was too young to play I would always have him tape my cleats on gameday as if I was going to be playing with the older kids. 
A: Who was your role model in football when you were growing up, and who was your role model outside of the sport during your childhood? 
J.R.: On the football field I always looked up to Jaguars safety Josh Evans being that we grew up playing in the same town, again Irvington NJ. He would play high school on Saturday’s and I would try to copy what he wore on Sunday’s in my pop warner games. We played the same positions as well (QB and safety). 
A: What’s the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you?
J.R.: The most influential thing a coach has ever said to myself has to have been from my father. He would always tell me, “When in doubt just be J.R.” And this to me was a reminder to always have confidence in myself and trust that I can achieve anything on and off of the field. 
A: Why choose Delaware State University?
J.R.: At the time the head coach of DSU was Coach Kermit Blount and he just seemed to be a careful guy who reminded me a bunch of my father. Also Delaware was not to far from New Jersey and it allowed my family to see me play. 
A: What was your favorite moment or play at Delaware State University? 
J.R.: My favorite moment at Delaware State University has to be the very first game of my career. It was my freshman year and I was the nickel back. It was towards the end of the game and we were trying to finish out a victory. On the last play of the game the opposing team threw a deep ball in the endzone as time expired and I intercepted it to win the game. I loved this moment because my father was there and it was actually the last interception he saw me catch before passing away. 
A: Who in the NFL do you see as a role model for what you want to accomplish in football, and why?
J.R.: Once again as a role model in the NFL I would have to say my friend Josh Evans of the Jaguars. He’s a guy that I grew up playing with, watched as I grew older and modeled my game after. To the day we still talk on the phone and he passes me knowledge and pointers here and there. 
A: Where do you see yourself in five years?
J.R.: On an active roster contributing to a professional team any way that I can. Proving I can play with anyone no matter the stage. Making a name for myself playing the game I love with a college degree. 
A: And to close, what’s the most important thing about you off the field that makes you a better player on the field?
J.R.: When I watch football I critique my position all the time. Seeing what someone did that helped them to be successful or what they could’ve done better in any situation to win a battle against another player. Again, my father was a coach so I naturally have that instinct to be as close to perfection as I can and studying your craft is just as important as getting out there on the field and practicing it. 


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4 Comments on “LRU Spotlight: Interview with DSU Hornets Defensive Back, J.R. Robinson
  1. IlHello ky name is Gloeia Parker. I am a good friend of J.R.’s grand dmother and mom! As I I sit here eading this, I begin to cry because the words from the beginnig to the end are. all pure and true. This young man is and will.always be a great legend,becuase that’s wjo he comes from. GREAT LENGENDS!

  2. I’m just seeing this my name is Abdul Haleem Brunson and i grew up around the Robinson family they are great people i know jr father he was a good person always kept him right there and i know he is very proud of his son. Jr keep pushing proud of you…

  3. I work with the equipment staff at Deleware State and had the honor of watching this young man develope into a player that is dedicated to his craft. He will achive greatness in everything he puts his mind to!

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