When Carroll was asked by the Seattle Times about the NBA guard playing for the Seahawks he said this, “I did let the word out that, ‘It’s OK, Nate. Show up.’ We want to bring him out here. Nate has tremendous ability, and we loved him coming out of high school. He may be a little distracted with basketball, I don’t know. If he is, he probably won’t be able to do it. But if he can get focused, there’s always a chance.”
Robinson is not doing this just as a publicity stunt, he has legitimate football skills. Robinson was a three-sport talent, basketball, football, and track, at Rainier Beach high school in Seattle. He was a SuperPrep All-American in 2001 and was ranked as the nation’s 17th-best player at the athlete position. In 2002 he was named the AAA player of the year for football, after compiling over 1,200 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving while scoring 21 touchdowns as a running back. Robinson then went to the University of Washington where he lead the Huskies to two straight NCAA basketball tournament appearances, including a Sweet Sixteen appearance during his junior year. However Robinson also helped out the Huskies football team as a defensive back with an important interception in the final minutes of regulation of the 2002 Apple Cup that propelled the Huskies to defeat the #3 AP Poll ranked Washington State Cougars.