In his first official apology since his Dec. 27 drug arrest and ensuing dismissal from the team on Jan. 3, Iowa running back Adam Robinson spoke to the media on Sunday.
Robinson said that while he’s received other offers from schools, he wants to return to Iowa and ultimately return to football. In a Des Moines Register article, Robinson said, ”I’ve always wanted to be a Hawkeye. I have no wishes or desires to leave the Hawkeye team. So I just have to work hard this semester. Prove myself … and we’ll see where I’m at at the end of the semester.”
In addition, Robinson apologized to the team, Hawkeye Nation, and really, everyone who has supported him; he also asked for forgiveness. He will undergo drug counseling and try to improve his academic standing.
In the 2010 season, Robinson missed games due to two concussions. When asked by the media whether that factored into his marijuana use, Robinson responded, “That was a very stressful time, and I’d say yeah.”
Robinson’s mother Sally was present at Sunday’s press conference and chimed in that the concussions did affect her son’s drug use and that she saw a personality change in him after the injury.
Robinson said he has not spoken to Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz about returning but he will keep his scholarship for remainder of the year, following the requisite guidelines and procedures.
In the 2010 season, the sophomore had 889 yards and 10 touchdowns. Robinson has said he has NFL dreams.
In the NFL, players get a second chance. Do they in college football, especially Iowa football under Ferentz’s helm?
Time will tell.
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Written by Debbie Baratz