Nate Robinson’s NBA career may be in the rearview mirror, but that doesn’t mean his athletic career has come to an end. It may just be moving from the hardwood to the gridiron.
Robinson attended a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, news that was first reported by Master Tesfatsion and Mark Maske of the Washington Post and later confirmed by the Seattle Seahawks on Twitter.
At 32, the chances of Robinson joining the “Legion of Boom” are a long shot. However, reports are that the two sides will “stay in touch” as the season moves along. If Robinson impresses during his workout he could get a call if injuries force to Seahawks to add depth in the secondary.
Robinson may be most well known for basketball skills, but he was making a name for himself on the football field long before he was playing “Krypto-Nate” to Dwight Howard’s Superman.
The Seattle native led Rainer Beach High School to a 9-2 record his senior year, before losing in the second round of the 3A State Playoffs. A star on both sides of the ball, Robinson rushed for over 1,200 yard, had 500 yards receiving, and 21 totals touchdowns on offense. On defense he totaled 57 tackles and three interceptions. When it was all said and done Robinson was an AP first team All-State selection, as well as a first-team All-Metro League standout at running back, defensive back, and on special teams.
All the stats and accolades made Robinson one of the most sought after recruits in the country, and he was ranked as high as the 17th best player at the athlete position.
Robinson ended up staying in his backyard to play collegiate ball for the Washington Huskies. As a true freshman Robinson totaled 34 tackles and two picks. However, that was where his football career stopped. Robinson decided to quit football to focus on his basketball career. In hindsight, it wasn’t that bad of a choice.
Robinson went on to become a first-team All-Pac-10 selection his sophomore and junior year before declaring for the NBA Draft. He was drafted 21st overall by the Phoenix Suns, before being traded to the New York Knicks. Robinson went on to average 11 points and 3 assists over his 10+ seasons in the NBA, making stops with the Knicks, Celtics, Thunder, Warriors, Bulls, Nuggets, Clippers, and Pelicans.
Making the cut in the NFL may be a stretch, but just the idea that Robinson is getting a tryout is enough for Seahawks and Huskies fans to get excited for their homegrown star.
And you have to admit, making an NFL roster over a decade after he last played the game of football would make one heck of a story.