Former Husky football and basketball star Nate Robinson is reportedly having a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks today.
Former Husky football and basketball star Nate Robinson had a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks Monday as he attempts to make real a dream to play in the NFL after a lengthy NBA career.
The Seattle Times confirmed through a league source an earlier Washington Post report of Robinson trying out with the Seahawks as a defensive back.
The Seahawks have a full 90-man roster and would need to make a move to add Robinson to the roster. Indications are that Robinson is not expected to sign with the team now but the Seahawks will keep Robinson on their radar if something changes down the road. It is common for teams to bring in free agents for workouts at just about any time of the year.
Robinson, who turned 32 last month, said in March he hoped to give football a try after having been released by the New Orleans Pelicans last fall. The 5-foot-9 Robinson last played football at UW in 2002 before turning to basketball.
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“You ask people around here they’ll know, Nate Robinson, his best sport is football,” Robinson said in March in a video announcing his intention to give football a try. “People tell me all the time, if anybody can do it, go play football, it’s you.”
Robinson, who attended Rainier Beach High and is the son of 1980s UW running back Jacque Robinson, signed a football letter-of-intent with UW in 2002, at the time also intending to walk-on to the basketball program.
Robinson played in all 13 UW football games as a true freshman in 2002, starting the final six at cornerback, highlighted by a game-turning interception in the Apple Cup, an eventual 29-26 Washington win in triple overtime.
Robinson then turned to basketball and was a member of the All-Pac-10 Freshman team in 2002-03. The following spring he decided to stop playing football and concentrate on basketball, playing two more seasons at UW and then declaring for the NBA draft following the 2004-05 season.
He played 618 NBA games for eight teams, suiting up last for New Orleans, for whom he made two appearances last season before being waived in October. He later played in Israel. His best season was in 2008-09 when he scored 17.2 points per game for the New York Knicks. He was also a three-time NBA Slam Dunk champion.
Robinson’s time away from football is among several factors that have some calling his bid to play football a long shot. Another in regards to getting on the Seattle roster is the team’s depth at defensive back, where the re-signing in the off-season of cornerback Jeremy Lane and the return of veteran Brandon Browner have had some observers saying this could be the deepest the Seahawks have been in the secondary since 2013.