Overview
Duke Robinson is an offensive guard for the Carolina Panthers, who selected him with the 163rd overall pick in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Robinson attended the University of Oklahoma, where he garnered first-team All-America honors in consecutive seasons. Robinson is 6-feet, 5-inches tall and weighs 335 pounds.
Prep Career
Duke Robinson was a standout offensive tackle at Washington High School in Atlanta, GA. He also appeared as a nose tackle on defense. Robinson chose Oklahoma over Arkansas and Georgia.
Freshman Year
Robinson made an immediate impact in Norman, starting 10 games as a true freshman.
Sophomore Year
As a sophomore, Robinson was named honorable mention All-Big 12.
Junior Year
Robinson's junior year saw him receive first-team All-Big 12 and All-American honors, as the leader of an offensive line that allowed only 11 sacks on the season.
Senior Year
As a senior, Robinson anchored an offensive line that contributed to the Sooners having the third-ranked offense in the country. After the season, Robinson was one of two Sooners named an AP first-team All-American, joining eventual Heisman Trophy-winning QB Sam Bradford. Robinson was also named as one of the three finalists for the 2008 Outland Trophy, given annually to the nation's top offensive lineman.
NFL Career
Robinson was selected in the fifth round (163rd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. Before the 2009 season, Robinson signed a four-year/$1.921M contract with Carolina.
Personal
While his given name is George, Robinson goes by his childhood nickname of "Duke". Duke Robinson's great-uncle is Motown legend Smokey Robinson. Duke once had a job selling peanuts and programs at Atlanta Braves games. He welcomed his first daughter on November 24, 2008, the same week he was named a finalist for the Outland Trophy.
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