PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Allen Robinson Receives High Praise From Hall Of Fame WR Michael Irvin

Allen Robinson’s meteoric rise over the last year has been nothing short of special and when you finish your second professional year with 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns, people will start to take notice. Not just anyone, either — we’re talking about the game’s most respected athletes.

During Super Bowl week, Robinson’s name came up during media roundtable sessions. Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin was asked about Jacksonville’s trio of young offensive weapons, a group led by Robinson. It’s safe to assume his response will serve as a motivator for Robinson, as it’s not every day you’re lauded by one of the best to ever play the position.

“That’s my man, A.R.,” Irvin said to “He’s going to be a beast for a long time. He’s a solid guy. Jon Gruden always tells me, ‘Michael, I’m telling you, A.R. reminds me most of you.’ I see that, too. He’s a lot like me and I had to get ‘me’ on my team.”

By team, Irvin’s referring to the Pro Bowl team he drafted and coached last month in Hawaii. There, Irvin was able to witness Robinson’s potential firsthand, but their experience at the Pro Bowl wasn’t the first time the two stars had crossed paths.

“We had him on our show coming out for the draft and had him working out,” Irvin said. “The thing he said was, ‘I’m going to show everybody.’ He wasn’t drafted in the first round but said he would change the game for his team, and that’s what he’s done. I text him about what it takes to be great, and he soaks it up with a sponge and it shows on the field.”

Robinson’s breakout sophomore campaign featured a player already acclimated to the speed of the professional game, and with two years under his belt working with quarterback Blake Bortles, year three figures to be special — an enticing notion considering his accomplishments in 2015.

About the Author

David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected]


More by David

So Long, And Goodnight: David Abruzzese’s Senior Column

It’s been a hell of a ride, folks. Senior staffer David Abruzzese rides off into the sunset with his senior column.

Saquon Barkley Mum On NFL Future; Relishes Fiesta Bowl Opportunity

DOTD: Nittany Lion Catches Pass At Fiesta Bowl


North Dakota Interested In Playing Against Penn State Hockey In Nashville

North Dakota is working towards an agreement that will see its hockey team play against Penn State in Nashville during the 2020-21 season.

Former Cal Swimmer Says She Emailed Sandy Barbour About Sexual Harassment Claims

Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Student Life

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

State Theatre Recognized As A State College Historic Site

As it approaches the 80th anniversary of its opening, the State Theatre has been recognized as a State College historic site.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend