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Adrian Robinson
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-11-21)November 21, 1989
Place of birth: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Date of death: May 16, 2015(2015-05-16) (aged 25)
Place of death: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: Temple
Undrafted in 2012
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Pittsburgh Steelers ( 2012)
Career highlights and awards
* MAC Defensive Player of the Year (2009)
Tackles     3
Sacks     0.0
Interceptions     0
Forced fumbles     0
Stats at

Adrian Lynn Robinson, Jr. (November 21, 1989 – May 16, 2015) was an American football linebacker. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He played college football at Temple University.

He also played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, and Washington Redskins.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Adrian Robinson was born on November 21, 1989, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania[1] to Adrian Robinson Sr, and Terry.[2] Robinson attended Harrisburg High School, where he was named a three star prospect by He graduated from Harrisburg High in 2008.[3] Robinson was selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic during his senior year and voted the most valuable player in that game. He was also a two-time all state honoree at Harrisburg.[3] Robinson received D-1 offers from Temple, Pittsburgh, and Connecticut.

Robinson attended Temple University where he majored in communications.[4]

College career[edit | edit source]

Temple University[edit | edit source]

In 2008, Robinson played in all twelve games of the college season, including three starts at defensive end.

In his sophomore season, Robinson was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year. He also earned such accolades as 2009 first-team All-MAC honoree, first-team All-MAC by Phil Steele, 2009 MAC Defensive MVP by the Sporting News and’s All-Non-Automatic Qualifying Team selection. He was first-team All-MAC again as a junior and senior. He finished his college career with a dominating performance in the 37-15 victory over Wyoming in the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. It was Temple's first bowl victory since 1979.

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit | edit source]

On April 28, 2012, Robinson was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit | edit source]

On August 23, 2013, the Steelers traded Robinson to the Philadelphia Eagles for running back Felix Jones.[5] He was released by the Eagles on August 30, 2013.[6]

Denver Broncos[edit | edit source]

On September 1, 2013, the Denver Broncos claimed Robinson. He was waived by the Broncos on October 15, 2013.[6]

San Diego Chargers[edit | edit source]

On November 12, 2013, the San Diego Chargers signed Robinson. He was released by the Chargers on December 7, 2013.[6]

Washington Redskins[edit | edit source]

On December 24, 2013, the Washington Redskins signed Robinson.[7] He was waived on August 24, 2014.[8]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit | edit source]

Robinson was signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice squad on September 10, 2014. He was released by the Buccaneers on September 23, 2014.[6]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats[edit | edit source]

Robinson signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL) on April 27, 2015.[9]

Death[edit | edit source]

Robinson died on May 16, 2015.[10] The medical examiner later ruled his death as a suicide by hanging.[11]

Robinson is survived by his daughter, Avery Marie.[2]

On October 14, 2015, Robinson's family announced that a diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was confirmed through officials at the Concussion Legacy Foundation at Boston University.[12]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Adrian Robinson - 2011 Football". Owls Football. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bieler, Des (May 18, 2015). "Robinson committed suicide by hanging". Washington Post. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Veronikis, Eric (May 18, 2015). "Medical examiner: Harrisburg football star Adrian Robinson killed himself". The Patriet News. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  4. "Tiger-Cats announce death of recent signed defensive lineman Adrian Robinson". May 17, 2015. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  5. Rosenthal, Gregg (August 23, 2013). "Felix Jones traded from Philadelphia Eagles to Steelers". Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Adrian Robinson". Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  7. Tinsman, Brian (December 24, 2013). "Redskins Revamp Linebacker Corps". Retrieved December 26, 2013.
  8. Walker, Andrew (August 24, 2014). "Redskins Announce Initial Roster Cuts, Moves". Retrieved August 24, 2014.
  9. "Adrian Robinson, who recently signed with CFL's Tiger-Cats, dies". May 18, 2015. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  10. Klis, Mike. "Former Broncos linebacker Adrian Robinson dies at 25". Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  11. "Coroner: Adrian Robinson, former Broncos linebacker, died of suicide". Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  12. "Adrian Robinson Jr. had brain disease CTE, autopsy shows". Retrieved October 15, 2015.

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