Posts Tagged With: Nate Robinson

Do basketball players make good defensive backs?

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Nate Robinson

Nate Robinson, an 11-year NBA veteran and three-time Slam Dunk contest champion, was not doing anything brand new when he worked out for the Seattle Seahawks last week in hopes of translating his basketball talent to a career in pro football.

We’ve seen elite basketball players become pro football players before.

But usually it’s a college hoops senior (most often a power forward) getting a shot with an NFL team (most often at tight end) because somebody thinks they’ve found the next Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates or Jimmy Graham. Continue reading

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Dolphins’ short corners were up to tall task vs. Bears

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Size doesn’t mean everything in football, but it does mean something. Especially in the passing game.

The final game of my senior season in high school was against our main crosstown rival. Their quarterback that year was Isaiah Stanback, who would go on to play at the University of Washington and in the NFL. Their starting receivers were Ed Roy, older brother of Brandon Roy (who would go on to play in the NBA), and Roydell Smiley, who would go on to play basketball at USC. Ed Roy was 6-foot-6. Smiley was 6-foot-4. And then there was me, standing 5-8, starting at one cornerback spot for my team. Continue reading

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