A’Shawn Robinson has no apology for Ezekiel Elliott
Detroit Lions defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson was a VIP at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in his hometown of Fort Worth on Sunday.
In addition to watching Jimmie Johnson win the race, the former Alabama All-American was asked by the Texas press corps where he stood with Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.
In the Lions-Cowboys NFL game on Dec. 26, Robinson incurred a personal-foul penalty for tossing down Elliott on a run up the middle. When referee John Hussey announced the penalty, he concluded, “… picking up the player and throwing him to the ground unnecessarily.”
Elliott took exception to the tackle, saying Robinson “was being dirty all game long” and must be “just a little bit salty from that Sugar Bowl win we got against them in New Orleans two years ago.”
Elliott ran for 230 yards in Ohio State’s 42-35 victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, which was a semifinal game in the College Football Playoff, on Jan. 1, 2015. Elliott’s Buckeyes went on to win the CFP national championship for the 2014 season. Robinson helped Alabama win the CFP national title the next season before joining the Lions in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Robinson said he didn’t see any reason to apologize for the tackle.
“It’s football,” Robinson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Sunday. “You’re going to get tackled. You’re going to get tackled the way you don’t want to get tackled. Anytime a person kind of does something to pick you up and try to slam you or whatever, I guess you think it’s disrespectful or dirty or whatnot. But I think it’s part of the game as long as I’m not trying to break your neck. I pride myself on being physical.”
In his rookie season, Robinson started five games, made 30 tackles, including two sacks, and knocked down seven passes, the most among the NFL’s defensive-interior linemen.
“I think it’s going to be a great year for me,” Robinson said of the 2017 season, when he’s expected to be a full-time starter for the Lions. “I’ve got high expectations for myself — really high. I feel like I’ve prepared myself and am ready to become the player that the Lions need me to become with the team.”
Robinson said he considers himself “a car guy,” so he found his first trip to his hometown track for a race “pretty cool.”
“It’s great to be out here and to have this opportunity,” Robinson said. “I never came here as a kid, so to have this opportunity to come to Texas Motor Speedway is great.”
At 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds, Robinson doesn’t think he would work out as a NASCAR driver.
“We couldn’t fit in those cars,” Robinson said. “To go as fast as you want to go, you can’t be big.”
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Published at Mon, 10 Apr 2017 02:21:20 +0000