By Outer Banks Voice on August 14, 2021
Eugene Robinson’s professional football career spanned 16 years, an All-Pro safety with the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, and in 1996 was a member of a Super Bowl XXXI Champion Green Bay Packers. Robinson currently provides color analysis for the Carolina Panthers Radio Network and coaches football and wrestling for Charlotte Christian School. Since 2015 he has been a co-host on a morning television show, Charlotte Today on WCNC.
I have been friends with Eugene for many years, and proud to say what a great speaker, and supporter he has been on behalf of our Sold Out Youth Foundation Program ( http://www.soldouttv.com) ! Robinson lives with his wife and family in Charlotte. We sat down and discussed his Super Bowl experience, the Panthers, and his commitment to faith and family.
Roman Gabriel: How hard is it as a player to make it to the Super Bowl?
Eugene Robinson: It is very difficult – every play counts, every moment counts. You can’t have a lapse. For example, if you’re playing the Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson, you must keep him in the pocket. You can’t do your own thing and just say, “Whoops! I messed up,” because I didn’t do my assignment. Everything counts; you have to make sure you win on every play. One play going for or against you can mean the difference between winning the Super Bowl or missing the Super Bowl.
RG: What did former Panther QB Cam Newton mean when the Panthers were vying for championships?
ER: Newton really mobilized the Panthers offense; they absolutely flourished under his leadership, especially the Super Bowl 50 season. He’s played so wonderfully, with four fourth-quarter comebacks and all of the heroics. His top receiver went down at the beginning of the preseason; there were a lot of things happening. He’s turned a good season into a great season.
ER: Wilson is a perfect example of someone having a strong father and mother. I had the privilege of doing the Seahawks chapel service years ago. I’m telling you right now that young man is rock-solid in the Lord. Not saying that any of us have it all together, but he wants to know God, wants to know what God wants him to do. That’s the first thing you notice. Having positive role models (father and mother) around you helps you navigate the waters just a little bit better. It’s so important to have mentors in your life, no matter who you are.
RG: You have always been about faith, family and football. How rewarding has it been as a father seeing your family grow?
ER: My wife and I have been fortunate. We have always been a close family. We’ve always been a big part of our kids lives. We’re all about wanting to leave a legacy of Jesus Christ; that’s what we’re all about in our family. As a parent there’s nothing more exciting than when your kids go through the transition when they realize that God isn’t just your God, He’s their God.
RG: What is the result of that transition for you as a parent?
ER: You know they’re in good shape when that happens. When you see they’re on a collision course with Jesus Christ that will never end, and that’s what you want! You want to firmly put them in the hands of the Lord, and we’ve been able to do that, walking with them a little bit farther as they grow up.
ER: There are so many things working against family, especially in professional sports, where you see a lot of people leaving after three to five years in the league bankrupt and divorced. That becomes the norm and the standard. Here’s the thing we need to remind ourselves – this is not our world. This is not our home. Heaven is our home, and we need to constantly remind ourselves of that. It’s really important as we navigate through life that we don’t forget where our roots lie. We know that evil comes to steal, kill and destroy. I’m reminded that we have a different calling.
RG: How has technology impacted you and your family?
ER: Technology is really changing the landscape of parenting. The Internet, cell phones and computers have taken the place of family social time with our kids. When my kids were small, there is one thing we never did: have a television or computer in their rooms. I never wanted them to get in a situation where they locked themselves in their rooms or became a recluse. That was the standard in our home; everything was about being able to socialize and interact with other people. We ate dinner together as a family without phones. The last thing I wanted for my kids was not to be able to give them my full attention.
RG: How big a problem do you see with teenagers and the danger of too much time with cell phones and computers?
ER: This is a big problem this younger generation is having; they don’t relate. They are learning to relate to one other anonymously. They get an alter ego; no one gets the chance to see the real them. And when the real you has problems, that’s when you have to be able to reach out to someone. If you’re unable to reach out to someone because you don’t have the social skills, you’ve done yourself a disservice. You’ll find yourself alone, depressed, by yourself. Man was not made to be alone. I know I sound like I’m preaching … but with my family that’s what we do
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