“The Temple football program lost a friend, a brother and a wonderful young man today,” states Temple Football coach Matt Rhule after the loss of former NFL player and Temple standout Linebacker, Adrian Robinson Jr who died Saturday, May 16th at the age of 25. Cause of death has yet to be released.
The former Temple linebacker excelled on the field achieving Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year in 2009, Robinson had 156 tackles and 22 sacks in 50 games. He went on to win the 2009 EagleBank Bowl in Washington DC against UCLA. A team that hadn’t seen a bowl game since 1979 went 31-19 in Robinsons’ four years with the program.
In 2012 Robinson was signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent, traded up through Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, and then finally the Washington Redskins in 2014. Robinson recently signed a contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, part of the Canadian Football League.
“I first met Adrian as an 18 year old high school senior,” Rhule said. “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.”
News of Robinson’s sudden death moved several friends and former teammates to spread condolences and warm remarks in his regards, including former teammate and current New York Jet, Muhammed Wilkerson.
My temple brother gone to soon I can't believe it RIP Arob #43 😔😔😔
— Muhammad Wilkerson (@mowilkerson) May 17, 2015
Former Temple player Kwame Johnson has created a fund in Robinson’s memory; the proceeds will all go to Robinson’s daughter, Avery Marie.
Adrian is survived by his parents, Terry and Adrian Sr., his brother Averee, his sister Aija, and his daughter Avery Marie.