Nate Robinson’s time in the NBA appears to be in the rear view mirror. He played a total of 23 minutes over two games for the New Orleans Pelicans, no other team picked him up, and he finished the season playing in Israel (where he averaged 16.2 points a game).
Throughout his downtime, he said he wanted a shot to try out for an NFL team. Monday he got his chance for Pete Carroll in Robinson’s native and beloved Seattle, reports Master Tesfatsion and Mark Maske of the Washington Post.
Former NBA point guard Nate Robinson will try out for the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, according to two people close to the situation. Robinson will try out with the team as a defensive back. It’s his first tryout with an NFL team as the 32-year-old has previously expressed interest in pursuing an NFL career.
Robinson, a Seattle native, last played football at the University of Washington in 2002. He played in all 13 games at cornerback, starting in the final six games of the season, before dropping the sport and focusing on basketball.
It’s awesome that Robinson got this shot. He was an exceptional athlete and that allowed him at 5’9″ to stick for 11 years in the NBA. He’s also a guy with a lot of grit, toughness, and a tremendous work ethic, all things that would serve him well in the NBA.
Is he going to make it? I’m no NFL scout, but the odds seem long. How many 32-year-old NFL rookies are there? How many 5’9″ cornerbacks stick in the NFL? He was an explosive athlete, but NBA teams feel he’s lost a step or two and isn’t the insane athlete that won three dunk contests anymore. If that’s true, it would mean a hard road to overcome a mountain of obstacles and make an NFL roster.
But I wish him the best of luck. He’s been overcoming long odds all his life.