Eugene Robinson knew he had been voted to the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team.
That’s because I told him in December, when Robinson was here for the Carolina Panthers’ game at Qwest Field, that the readers of Seahawks.com had selected him as the free safety on the best-of-the-best defensive unit. But Robinson, the radio analyst for Panthers games, had not known who the other defenders were until we talked this week.
Joining him in the secondary are contemporaries Kenny Easley at strong safety and Dave Brown at cornerback, as well as post-Robinson corners Marcus Trufant and Shawn Springs. Because Robinson’s career spanned 11 seasons and three head coaches (Chuck Knox, Tom Flores and Dennis Erickson) he also played with six other defenders on the 35th Anniversary team: Jacob Green, Joe Nash, Cortez Kennedy and Michael Sinclair, who comprise the line; as well as linebackers Fredd Young and Rufus Porter. Linebackers Chad Brown and Lofa Tatupu arrived after Robinson had left.
As he listened to that list of names, Robinson responded to most with a “Wow” or two, and even offered “Oh, really” a couple of times.
But his bottom-line assessment said it all: “Wow, that is a really, really impressive group.”
That is it, and Robinson’s story – available here as the seventh in a series of features profiling the 29 players voted to the team – is one of the more impressive.