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Keenan Robinson Wants To Leave Mark Off Field

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There are many words you can use to describe Washington Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson: powerful, punishing, devastating, strong.

But if it were up to Robinson, he'd simply wanted to be remembered as "a great guy."

Born in Omaha, Neb., but raised in Plano, Texas, Robinson grew up in a full household with two brothers and a sister. At the age of 7, he put on the shoulder pads for the first time.

Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson is entering his third year in the league in 2014.

"I just wanted to play sports," Robinson said. "I played basketball, baseball, football, ran track, so I did all those things."

Away from the field, Robinson became a standout in his community. A member of the Junior National Honor Society in high school, he also got involved in mentoring programs such as the Boys & Girls Club, as well as his local church.

"I grew up in a church and my parents are great Christian people," Robinson said. "We grew up in a church, me and my siblings, so we were always up there on weekends and stuff helping out.

"Any creative ways that I can give back, I try to and help out not only the community, but the church as well."

On the field, Robinson developed into a premiere player at Plano East Senior High School. Ranked fifth at his position in the state by ScoutFootball.com, Robinson totaled 273 career tackles and was named an All-American by Parade Magazine and USA Today.

In 2007, Robinson stepped onto the campus at the University of Texas, one of the premiere college football programs in the country. After redshirting his first year there, he saw his first action as a Longhorn in a reserve role and on special teams in 2008. As a sophomore in 2009, Robinson took over the starting job at outside linebacker.

Over the next three seasons, he started all 39 games for the Longhorns, totaling 292 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and two interceptions as a starter. His senior year, he was a second-team All-Big 12 selection.

Drafted by the Redskins with the 119th-overall pick in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Robinson has spent the past three seasons transitioning into one of the starting middle linebackers.

This season, he officially took over for legendary Redskins linebacker London Fletcher, who retired following the 2013 season. While Robinson's superstar status continues to grow, he remains humble off the field and stays involved in various church communities, including team Chaplain Brett Fuller's church, as well as his home church in Texas.

Whether it's being a part of youth group organizations or handing out turkeys around Thanksgiving, staying active and being involved in the community remains high on Robinson's list of priorities.

"For me, if I'm blessed enough to be in the position, then why not give back and help people that look up to me and support us as Redskins," Robinson said. "I want to give back to them any way that I can, especially children because they're so impressionable."

Now in his third year with the Redskins, Robinson has been an active participant in the team's community outreach program. Earlier this month, Robinson and some of his fellow teammates headed out to a local elementary school for a very special event.

On Sept. 9 at Dumfries Elementary School in Dumfries, Va., various players, including Robinson, handed out backpacks and school supplies to 300 students. They also talked about physical fitness and promoted reading to start the new school year off right.

"We want to be around them or show them that we care," Robinson said. "That makes their life that much more enjoyable at least for a day or a couple hours."

As an NFL player, the influence that Robinson has on the community is substantial. Boys and girls of all ages look up to the former Texas Longhorn as a role model, which is something Robinson keeps in mind at all times.

"Some people get that superstar status and all that stuff, and they go out, start acting up," Robinson said. "Me, I just want to be even-keeled and humbled through it all so that no matter what, people always say 'He's a great guy' at the end of the day."

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