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Tight end Robinson working through transition to football with San Antonio Commanders

January 21, 2019

Agent Robert Walker was hesitant when he first met San Antonio Commanders tight end Jevoni Robinson.

On one hand, Robinson had the physical tools to play in the NFL. He stood 6-foot-8, had been clocked at 4.59 seconds in the 40-yard dash and boasted a 40-inch vertical leap.

On the other hand, he was a relative newcomer to football. Robinson played one season in high school before shifting his focus to basketball. He was a Division I walk-on, transferred to play in Division II and then signed with a professional team in Italy.

After wrapping up his lone professional season in 2017, Robinson returned to the United States and decided to try his hand at football. Walker knew the transition would not be easy.

“I wasn’t going to put my name beside his name until I saw after about three months that he was just working every day,” Walker said. “He was up at 5 in the morning working every day. I knew he had it within his heart. His core values are very strong.”

Walker joined the Houston Texans practice squad in 2017, remaining with the organization until he suffered an injury during training camp this fall. Now, Robinson has landed with the Alliance of American Football’s San Antonio Commanders, who are holding training camp this month ahead of their inaugural season opener Feb. 9.

“The process has been very slow. A lot of time learning the game,” Robinson said. “The ins and outs. Blocking. Receiving. Route running. The process of enhancing those skills to become a football player. So far, it’s been great. I couldn’t have done it without having wonderful people in my life. I’m just honored to be here.”

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