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Interview with NFL Prospect Allen Robinson

By: Matt Bowen

The 2014 NFL draft is May 8 and Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson is a prime prospect. Robinson recently entered the NFL draft after three seasons at Penn State. He burst onto the scene his final two seasons in Happy Valley with 174 catches, 2,450 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns combined. Those numbers scream NFL talent.

Fathead recently had the pleasure of interviewing Robinson and we must say he was overly impressive.

Fathead Blog: Describe Allen Robinson the person?

Allen Robinson: I’m very competitive yet chill and down to earth.

From question one it was clear that Robinson has that switch that every athlete desires. He has the internal drive and extra gear that puts certain athletes on another level. Robinson has that innate ability to turn it on when it’s time to perform.

FB: Who was your favorite football player growing up?

AR: Randy Moss

Robinson doesn’t hesitate when answering this. Randy Moss sure could dominate.

FB: What’s your favorite hobby outside of football?

AR: I like shooting hoops and playing video games.

FB: Do you have any pregame superstitions?

AR: Nothing really, I don’t like to eat breakfast before games at noon.

FB: What’s your go-to pregame meal?

AR: Steak and spaghetti

Robinson specified that if he has a game later in the day he likes steak and spaghetti. Protein and carbs, an athlete’s best friend on game day.

FB: Who’s your favorite sports announcer?

AR: Gus Johnson

Great answer by Robinson here. Gus Johnson can make even the biggest of blowouts interesting for the fans at home.

Allen Robinson

Allen Robinson will find out which NFL team he will be a member of during the NFL Draft.

FB: What did you do to improve so much between your freshman and sophomore years at Penn State?

AR: What made me better was definitely my hard work. I fine-tuned my route running ability and became physically stronger.

Robinson is currently 20 years old but he proved that he’s mature beyond his years when answering this question. His devotion and focus on making himself better in everything he does began to shine through here.

FB: You averaged eight catches/game in 2013 at Penn State—what did you work on the most to become such a ball magnet?

AR: I focused on winning the 1-on-1 battle. I knew if I put myself in the right position that I would get the ball.

His numbers don’t lie. He was the best receiver in the Big Ten in both 2012/2013.

FB: How good is current Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg going to be?

AR: Hackenberg is really good, we saw improvement last year. He can be as good as he wants to be, even great.

Robinson had nothing but high praise for his quarterback at Penn State in 2013. Hackenberg threw for 2,955 yards with 20 touchdowns in his freshman season.

FB: What are you going to miss most about playing on Saturdays?

AR: Beaver Stadium—it’s the best stadium in college football.

Robinson said this with pride.

FB: Penn State’s Pro Day is April 8—in what element of your game are you looking to improve/impress the most?

AR: Obviously I’m looking to improve my top-end speed. 40 speed. My first 10 yards especially. Also, my route running is something I always am trying to improve.

Robinson ran an official 4.60 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. In a draft class rich in receiving talent this time doesn’t put Robinson at the head of his class but that’s not getting him down.

He’s hyper-focused and knows an improved time on April 8 at Penn State’s pro day can flip the script in regards to how NFL teams view his speed.

FB: What are your plans for the NFL Draft? Where will you watch it?

AR: I’m not sure—I want to watch it at my high school with family and friends.

Robinson went to high school at St. Mary’s Preparatory in Orchard Lake, Michigan. He also stated he wanted to lift weights during the draft. He made it seem as if he wasn’t worried about where he’ll be chosen in the draft. He has bigger goals in mind.

FB: What makes you the best WR in the 2014 draft class?

AR: I’m 6’3”, 220 lbs.—I bring that element to the game. I’m great in the quick screen game. I bring versatility to the game. I’m a big target.

Say what you want about Robinson’s speed but he’s right. His body stature is no joke. He has elite hands and is excellent after the catch. He’s not easy to tackle and will be a red-zone target in the NFL. His route running ability is what will separate him from the fellow receivers in his class.

FB: What number do you want to wear in the NFL and why?

AR: Anything from No. 10-19—I was never a fan of the numbers in the 80s.

Robinson shows he’s a free thinker with this answer—that’s always a good thing.

FB: What advice will you seek from the veterans on your soon to be NFL team?

AR: I need to ask them how to take care of your body to have some longevity. I need to learn all around body management. I want a full career in the NFL.

This is just another example of Robinson’s maturity and big plan. He’s two steps ahead in his thought process.

FB: Between now and Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season what are you focusing on?

AR: I always focus on route running.  I always want to get better. I’m always catching footballs.

There it is again—route running. Robinson’s response is what NFL teams love to hear. He proves he’s a gamer who lives for football.

FB: What are your realistic rookie expectations?

AR: I’m simply striving to be the best player I can be. I want to win the job, earn my spot.

Robinson shows he is level-headed and that hard work is priority No. 1.

FB: When will it hit you that you’re an NFL player?

AR: It will hit me that I’m an NFL player when I get to rookie mini-camp. Right now I’m just focused on getting better.

FB: Do you have a nickname yet?

AR: Some people call me ARob, some AR. Nothing has really stuck yet

We suggested “All-In” Allen Robinson. We only spent a few minutes with this young man but his work ethic, focus and determination were evident. He gives it his all. When the NFL draft comes about in May he’ll make one NFL franchise and its fan base very, very happy.

January 15, 2013

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What I Will Remember About 2012 – Part 2

By: Joe Williams

Every year we see things we never thought we would and things we never want to see again. We see everything from the incredible to the inspiring to the sad and hilarious. Here’s what I will remember about 2012.

To read part one, click here.

July 23 – Penn State became the first school to receive NCAA sanctions because of criminal matters that did not directly deal with breaking NCAA rules. The penalties included a $60 million fine, a four-year ban on postseason play, a reduction of scholarships for the next four years and the vacating of all victories from 1998-2011.

July 31 – Michael Phelps won his 19th Olympic medal, making him the most decorated Olympian ever.

July 31 – The Fierce Five, the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, won gold at the London Olympic Games.

August 2 – Gabby Douglas became the first African-American woman to win the individual all-around competition.

August 5 – Andy Murray bounces back from losing to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final to beat Federer and win the gold medal in front of his home country. He broke through again a month later, winning his first major title at the U.S. Open.

Miguel Cabrera winning baseball's Triple Crown is one of the biggest stories of 2012.

August 9 – Usain Bolt made his claim as the greatest sprinter ever by becoming the first man ever to defend his golds in both the 100m and 200m races.

August 9 – Hope Solo, Alex Morgan and the U.S. women’s soccer team won Olympic gold after a controversial semifinal against Canada and then getting revenge against Japan in the final after the shootout that ended the Women’s World Cup in 2011.

August 10 – The “Dwightmare” finally came to an end when Dwight Howard was traded from the Orlando Magic to the Los Angeles Lakers after months and months of indecision about where he wanted to play and who he wanted to play with.

August 12 – Rory McIlroy wins the PGA Championship. He would follow that with two more wins heading into the Tour Championship and cement himself as the top player in the game.

August 15 – Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game against the Rays and the Mariners won 1-0.

September 7 – In the midst of a pennant race and against his wishes, the Washington Nationals shut down their superstar pitcher Stephan Strasburg after 159 1/3 innings. The Nationals would go on to win the NL East and then lose in the NLDS in five games to the St. Louis Cardinals.

September 15 – The NHL labor dispute officially becomes a lockout.

September 24 – The Replacement refs fiasco came to a head on the final play of the Green Bay/Seattle Monday Night Football game. When the officials turned what sure looked to be an interception and a Green Bay win into a touchdown and a Seattle win, the NFL had no choice to settle the dispute with the regular officials.

September 30 – Team U.S.A. chokes the Ryder Cup away, blowing a 10-6 lead on the final day at Medinah. Justin Rose and Ian Poulter led the charge for Europe while Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk dropped critical 1-Up matches. The comeback almost didn’t happen when Rory McIlroy looked at his tee time in Eastern Time instead of Central time and needed a police escort to arrive at the course with just 10 minutes to spare.

October 3 – Miguel Cabrera goes 0-2 in the Detroit Tigers’ 1-0 win over Kansas City in the regular season finale but still manages to be the first player in 45 years to win the Triple Crown, finishing the season with a .330 average, 44 home runs and 139 RBI. He would be name the American League MVP.

October 10 – New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulls Alex Rodriguez in the ninth inning of Game 3 of the ALDS. Raul Ibanez took A-Rod’s place and homered to send the game to extra innings. Ibanez did it again in the 12th inning, giving the Yankees the win.

October 13 – Notre Dame comes up with a goal-line stand, stopping Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor on fourth-and-goal and then survives a controversial replay review to beat Stanford 20-13 in overtime to remain undefeated.

October 13 – The St. Louis Cardinals scored four runs in the ninth inning to stun the Washington Nationals and advance to the NLCS.

October 15 – Trailing 24-0 at halftime in San Diego and staring a 2-4 record in the face, the Denver Broncos score 35 unanswered second-half points to beat the Chargers 35-24 and improve to 3-3. They would not lose again in the regular season and finish with the best record in the AFC.

October 25 – Pablo Sandoval hit three home runs in Game 1 of the World Series on his way to earning the World Series MVP award.

October 28 – The San Francisco Giants completed an improbable run to a second World Series win in two years and did it after trailing 2-0 in a best-of-5 series against Cincinnati and then falling behind 3-1 to St. Louis in the NLCS

November 10 – Texas A&M upsets No. 1 Alabama 29-24, led by its redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel. It was a springboard for Manziel as he led the Aggies to an 11-2 record in their first season in the SEC, a win in the Cotton Bowl and became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

November 17 – Undefeated Kansas State and Oregon both go down and lose their shot to play for the BCS National Championship. Baylor beat the Wildcats 52-24 and Stanford knocked off the Ducks 17-14 in overtime.

November 21 – Jack Taylor, guard at Grinnell College (Division III), scored an NCAA-record 138 points against Faith Baptist Bible College.

November 22 – Two words…Butt Fumble.

December 1 – Georgia came up five yards short of scoring the game-winning touchdown against Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Alabama hung on for a 32-28 win and a spot in the BCS National Championship Game.

December 8 – Appalachian State’s Brian Okam quickly became known for the worst free throw ever after a video of his miss went viral.

December 16 – Tom Brady leads the Patriots on a furious rally after falling behind 31-3 against the 49ers. After the game was tied at 34, San Francisco retook the lead and won 41-34.

December 30 – Adrian Peterson runs for 199 yards against the Green Bay Packers after already eclipsing 200 yards twice this season, but he came up a mere nine yards short of the single-season rushing record.

March 25, 2011

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Fathead’s Top Trends in Sports This Week

By: Lionel

Bracket Madness

I mentioned last week that we put together a Fathead NCAA Tournament bracket based completely on the March sales (so far) of the schools in the tournament.  For every match-up, we selected the team with the higher Fathead sales for the month.  I shared with you the Sweet Sixteen predicted through our model (click here for the article); I will now share our predictions for the next two rounds.

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Our Elite Eight:

And our Final Four:

Any guess who was predicted as champion by our March sales?  We will reveal next week.  And now, the top ten Fathead sellers…

The top selling Fatheads of the last 7 days (Mar. 18 – Mar. 24):


1.  Kobe Bryant

2.  Carmelo Anthony

3.  Troy Polamalu

4.  Derek Jeter

5.  New York Yankees Circle Logo

6.  Blake Griffin

7.  Derrick Rose

8.  Kevin Durant

9.  Green Bay Packers Logo

10.  (tie) Peyton Manning

10.  (tie) Clay Matthews

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March 18, 2011

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Fathead’s Top Trends in Sports This Week

By: Lionel

Bracket Madness

Just for fun, we put together a Fathead NCAA Tournament bracket based completely on the March sales (so far) of the schools in the tournament.  For every match-up, we selected the team with the higher Fathead sales for the month.  And, in the spirit of full disclosure, I will tell you that we don’t carry product for every school that made the tournament — yet.

Based on our model, here is our Sweet Sixteen.  You’ll notice that we’ve already got a few wrong…

East

1.  Ohio State

2.  Kentucky

3.  Syracuse

4.  North Carolina

West

1.  Michigan

2.  Texas

3.  Missouri

4.  Penn State

Southeast

1.  Kansas

2.  Louisville

3.  Purdue

4.  Notre Dame

Southeast

1.  Butler

2.  Wisconsin

3.  BYU

4.  Florida

I’ll update next week with our Final Four.  And now, the best selling Fatheads of the last week…

The top selling Fatheads of the last 7 days (Mar. 11 – Mar. 17):

1.  Carmelo Anthony

2.  Troy Polamalu

3.  Derrick Rose

4.  Kobe Bryant

5.  Pittsburgh Steelers Logo

6.   Aaron Rodgers

7.  Dallas Cowboys Helmet

8.  DeSean Jackson

9.  New York Yankees Circle Logo

10.  Dallas Cowboys Logo

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March 1, 2011

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Let the Madness Begin

By: Joe Williams

Insanity. Frenzy. Intense excitement. These words aren’t just a description of the Macho Man Randy Savage. They are also in dictionary.com’s definition of “madness”. Savage frequently referred to himself as “The Madness” and said “The Madness is running wild!”

The Macho Man may not be the world champion anymore, but every March the madness returns in the form of the NCAA basketball tournament. Every year millions of people around the country fill out their brackets and enter the office pool for one of the biggest sporting events in the world known as “March Madness”.

The 2011 edition of this tournament promises to live up to the “madness” billing and give us an exciting and unpredictable tournament. This year the madness started a couple weeks early. Kansas, Georgetown, Wisconsin, Texas (three times), Pittsburgh (twice), Notre Dame, Ohio State, Arizona (twice), Duke and San Diego St. are all top 10 teams in the poll who have lost in the last two weeks. Four of the top six lost this weekend, and the upsets should continue throughout the tournament.

The tournament itself will be different this year as well. The NCAA has increased the number of teams from 65 to 68. The last four at-large teams selected and the four lowest ranked automatic qualifying teams will play in the “First Four” on March 15-16. The at-large winners will advance to the main draw of the tournament, most likely as an 11 or 12 seed. The two winners of the automatic qualifiers will advance to face a No. 1 seed.

Television coverage of the tournament will also be different this year. The NCAA agreed to a new deal with CBS Sports and Turner Sports. Now, every game of the tournament will be televised nationally on CBS, TNT, TBS or TruTV.

As of today, Duke, Kansas, Ohio State, BYU, and Pittsburgh are likely in the discussion to be the four No. 1 seeds. The fight for the final spots in the tournament is much less clear. 31 teams will qualify by winning the automatic berth from their conference. That leaves 37 spots for the selection committee to fill.

Assuming the top teams in each conference win the conference tournaments, (which we know is not going to happen), there another 24 teams who should be a lock to make the field of 68. This leaves 13 tournament bids and somewhere in the neighborhood of 35-40 teams fighting for them.

The road to the Final 4 begins today with the Big South and the Horizon League conference tournaments getting underway. The first three teams will punch their tickets for the big dance on March 5, and when Selection Sunday rolls around on March 13 the field will be set, and the madness will be running wild. I’m sure the Macho Man will be watching.

Teams thought to be locks:

BYU, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, George Mason, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, San Diego State, St. John’s, Syracuse, Temple, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, Villanova, Wisconsin, Xavier

Teams in the conversation:

Alabama, Arizona, Baylor, Belmont, Boston College, Butler, Cincinnati, Clemson, Cleveland State, Colorado, Colorado State, Florida State, Georgia, Gonzaga, Harvard, Illinois, Kansas State, Marquette, Maryland, Memphis, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Missouri State, Nebraska, Old Dominion, Penn State, Richmond, Saint Mary’s, Southern Miss, Tennessee, UAB, UNLV, USC, Utah State, Vanderbilt, VCU, Virginia Tech, Washington, West Virginia, Wichita State

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