By Josh Katzowitz
While his Pro Bowl teammates are, we assume, enjoying their stay in Hawaii as they prepare for Sunday’s game, Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson was on a long plane ride back to the mainland so he could attend the memorial service for his college coach, Joe Paterno.
“Some of the game's biggest stars, when I was down in Hawaii, were asking me, ‘Why are you going on the trip? Why are you going so far? It's, like, 11 hours in the air,’” Robinson said at the service Thursday (via the Philadelphia Inquirer). “My answer? ‘'I wouldn't be any other place in the world right now.’”
Robinson drew applause when he introduced himself at the podium during the service and reminisced about the story of how Paterno told Robinson, a Nittany Lions quarterback, that he one day would make the Pro Bowl as a running back or a fullback.
Paterno was right.
"Just because he's not with us, don't let the dream, don't let the experiment, don't let the values go away," Robinson said. "He's in all of us."
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