PHILADELPHIA – Former Temple Owls' defensive lineman Adrian Robinson Jr. passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 25.
Temple head football coach Matt Rhule
was the school's lead recruiter when Robinson was in high school and had this to say, "The Temple football program lost a friend, a brother, and a wonderful young man. Adrian Robinson was one of the greatest competitors I ever had the pleasure of coaching and I know he was an even better teammate. I first met Adrian as an 18 year old high school senior. I was so proud to see him back at Temple this spring finishing his degree and being a loving father to his new daughter. He will always be a part of me and will always be a part of this program. Our hearts and thoughts go out to the Robinson family - his parents Terry and Adrian Sr., brother Averee and sister Aija, and his daughter Avery Marie."
Robinson was a star player for the Owls from 2008-2011 during which time Temple posted a 31-19 record. That senior class of 2011 won more games than any class of Owls in school history. That group of seniors played in two bowl games and finished out their collegiate careers with a 37-15 victory over Wyoming in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
There is no denying that Robinson was a big reason for that success. In 2009, the Owls won nine games, and were Mid-American Conference Co-East champions en route to the Eaglebank Bowl, the school's first bowl game in 30 years. That season Robinson, as a sophomore, was named MAC Defensive Player of the Year when he registered a school record 13 sacks. Overall, he finished his career with 22.5 sacks.
While not drafted, Robinson parlayed his skill and passion for the game into a career in the National Football League. He joined the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012 before being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. He then had stops in Denver, San Diego, Washington and Tampa Bay before signing with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League in 2015.
This spring Robinson was attending Temple University
to complete his degree in communications before reporting to training camp with the Tiger-Cats at the end of May.
Adrian's brother Averee Robinson
is a rising junior defensive tackle on the current Temple football team.
Kwame Johnson, a former Temple teammate of Adrian's, created a fund in Robinson's name with all donations going to his daughter, Avery Marie. Go to http://www.gofundme.com/uskbr6p
for more information.