A’Shawn Robinson is an American football player who plays for the Detroit Lions having previously garnered nationwide attention playing under head coach Nick Saban at the University of Alabama. He is known for his imposing physique which comes along with a serious, unsmiling bearded face.
The defensive tackle position player, who will be entering the third year of his professional career in 2018, has a lot to look forward to as he is slated to play a major role for his team. His knack for batting down passes which are as a result of his surprisingly good athletic ability will go a long way in making sure that his team achieves success while he himself lives up to becoming the player most people thought he would be.
A’Shawn Robinson’s Biography
A’Shawn Robinson was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas by his single mother; Abigail Robinson, on March 21, 1995. His mother intended for him to become an athlete and as soon as her son, who was reportedly bigger than almost all his friends, turned 4, she signed him up to a football academy.
Robinson attended Arlington Heights High School where in addition to playing for the football team, he also featured on the track & field and basketball teams. It was however in football that his heart was as his performances for the team in his senior year earned him a five-star rating by respected college sports website Rivals.com. This put reputable college programs on alert as Louisiana State, Florida State, University of Texas, and the University of Southern California all offered him a scholarship. Despite having previously verbally committed to attending Texas and staying close to home, Robinson at the last moment decided to attend the University of Alabama.
At Alabama, A’Shawn Robinson was one of two true freshmen to have played in every game of the 2013 season. His impact on the team was felt as he ended his debut college season with 38 tackles (15 solo) and a career/team-high 5.5 sacks. He was further named to the SEC Coaches’ All-Freshman team and the Sporting News Freshman All-American team.
In his sophomore year, Robinson started 13 of the 14 games he featured in. He finished the year with a career-high 49 tackles (16 solo) earned himself an Honorable Mention on the All-SEC team as his team won the SEC Championship. In his junior year, Robinson took his game to new heights as he was named a finalist for the Outland Trophy; an award given to the best interior offensive or defensive lineman in the nation. Despite not been given the award, Robinson won his second SEC Championship and was named to the Sporting News, Associated Press, FWAA and AFCA First-Team All-American. He finished the season with 46 tackles (18 solo), 3.5 sacks, two pass defenses and one fumble recovery while starting all 15 games that season.
After having recorded a total of 133 tackles (49 solo), 22 tackles for loss, 19 quarterback hits, nine sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and five pass defenses, in his three years at Alabama, A’Shawn Robinson decided to forgo his senior year to enlist for the 2016 NFL Draft. He was selected by the Detroit Lions in the second round with the 46th overall pick. His first game in the league was against Indianapolis which he marked by recording one pass defense. He went on to play in all 16 games, starting five, finishing the season with 30 tackles (22 solo), two sacks, six tackles for loss and seven pass defenses.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
The defensive tackle position players are usually the strongest and largest of all the defensive players on an NFL team, so it should be no surprise that A’Shawn Robinson is a mountain of a man. He weighs 322 pounds (146 kg) and has a height of 6 feet 4 inches, which makes him very effective in his position as he manhandles other players, just ask Ezekiel Elliot how it felt to be body slammed.
Robinson did not grow into the brick wall that he is today overnight. He has had to face criticism all through his childhood on his actual age due to his huge physical presence. His mother has stated that she would need to take along his birth certificate to games as a child because opposing parents and coaches always felt he was ineligible to play with their children. His other body measurements are;
Arm Length: 34 1/2 inches
Hand Size: 10 1/2 inches