This is truly awesome.
Kenny Robinson is truly a unique story. The safety left West Virginia to play professional football with the St. Louis Battlehawks and was still looked as a possible draft pick headed into the 2020 NFL Draft.
Well, the fifth round started on Saturday and the Carolina Panthers came calling his name.
Robinson, who played for the St. Louis BattleHawks, wrote in a letter for The Players’ Tribune that he was the “most NFL-ready prospect in this draft.”
“And I know the XFL is not the NFL. I know that. But I could tell the difference in the speed of the game the second I stepped on the field in a BattleHawks uniform. There was definitely an adjustment, but I believe I made it pretty easily. And I know the NFL game is even faster than the XFL. And I believe I can make that transition just as easily,” Robinson wrote.
Robinson played at West Virginia but was kicked out for academic misconduct.
“And I learned that there is always somebody else out there working harder than you,” Robinson wrote in the column. “Everybody’s heard that one, right? It seems like a given. And I guess somewhere in the back of my mind, I always knew that, too.
“But in the XFL, I saw it. Every day. There were guys out there who had never been in the NFL, and they were working their butts off to get a team’s attention and go steal somebody’s job. I saw NFL vets who were trying to get back in the league, and they were gunning for guys’ jobs, too.”
He added: “I’m not the only one with an NFL dream. There are a lot of other guys out there who have them, too. And they’re all working to come take my job. That’s even more motivation for me to put in the work it takes to be great.”
Kenny Robinson Jr. allowed a 36.0% completion rate his final season at West Virginia.
With the Battlehawks, Robinson had 21 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 1 sack.