DailyKnicks.com reported yesterday that former New York Knick Nate Robinson was interested in playing in the NFL. That dream took a big step today when Seattle Seahawks head coach Steve Carroll gave Robinson an invite to practice. Carroll recruited Robinson during his time at USC, but Robinson decided to attend the University of Washington.
Carroll had this to say about Robinson’s football skills after practice, “He may be a little distracted with basketball, I don’t know. If he is, he probably won’t be able to do it. But if he can get focused, there’s always a chance.”
Robinson played football for the Huskies for three seasons, before focusing solely on basketball and making it into the NBA. During his football tenure Robinson recorded a 43-inch vertical, was known for his speed on the field and was a dangerous defender with a knack for intercepting the ball.
Nate Robinson will be most remembered for his interception in the 2002 Apple Cup when he picked off a pass thrown by Washington State’s Matt Kegel. The Huskies later went on to win the game on a field goal.
However, with lack of football training in the past several seasons it will be tough seeing Robinson make a roster and succeed in the NFL. The cornerbacks at that level are by far more talented than Robinson, a direct result of focusing their time exclusively on football. Robinson made the right choice with the NBA, and it would not be smart to join the NFL and risk injury.