Seahawks' rookie Alton Robinson shines in NFL debut


It is no secret that the Seattle Seahawks' biggest weakness on the defensive side of the ball is the pass rush.

And with the loss of Bruce Irvin for the season due to a torn ACL, the Seahawks needed all the help they could get for their Week 3 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.

With being inactive for the first two games of the season, rookie defensive end Alton Robinson was made active for the first time in his NFL career.

It was time for the rookie to show what he is made of.

And when the team needed someone to make a crucial play with seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Robinson made his time on the field count with the first sack of his professional career.

With his first sack coming at such crucial moment in the game, essentially securing the victory for the Seahawks, Robinson was more than happy to express how he felt after the game.

“It was kinda like surreal, you know what I mean,” Robinson said. “I dreamt about that moment, my first sack being at CenturyLink. It was a little surreal, but definitely excited that it happened today.”

Robinson, a fifth-round pick out of Syracuse in this year’s NFL draft, was disappointed to not see the field in the first two weeks, but that did not slow down the drive of the young rookie for this week.

He just waited for his opportunity to shine.  

“First two weeks, you know, I was a little bummed out,” Robinson said. “At the same time, it was my first NFL game when we were in Atlanta. Ive never been to a league game. I just looked at the bright side and to do better and not leave any doubt. This week I was able to play, and I am just happy.”


It is also surprising to hear that, for Robinson, he had never attended an NFL game until Week 1 against Atlanta.

And now the rookie is making plays in just his third-ever attended NFL game.

“I never attended an NFL game,” Robinson said. “Until Atlanta, and now this is my third one, so I got to play in this one and I am very fortunate.”

With the injuries that piled up from today and the sack that untimely saved the game, expect Robinson to be in apart of the rotation as the weeks go on.

The Seahawks might have to just let the rookie keep feeling out the game.

You can watch the full presser here.

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