Vikings DE, Brian Robison Interview
Brian Robison played defensive end for the University of Texas from 2003 through 2006. He established himself a great pass rush threat. BR entered the 2007 NFL Draft, and was selected early in the 4th round by the Minnesota Vikings. He has been a backup to Jared Allen throughout his career, but still brings a great pass rush to the Vikings Defensive Line. This interview was conducted before the 2010 NFL season. [UPDATE: He recently re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings.]
Strauss : So, Brian, why do you make it important to connect to the fans?
Robison : I just feel it’s the right thing do do, without them I wouldn’t be able to have this job.
Strauss : Who was your childhood star? Why?
Robison : Emmitt Smith, What’s not to like and he was/is a class act.
Strauss : And, if you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
Robison : Too many people to name just one…. God definitely though, maybe we could discuss what he has in store for me.
Strauss : What was your favorite NFL team growing up?
Robison : Dallas Cowboys.
Strauss : When did you see your first live NFL game?
Robison : The first one I played in.
Strauss : What is your favorite song to listen to before a game? What pumps you up?
Robison : Depends, right now I like drop the world with Lil’ Wayne and Eminem, but it depends on the mood I’m in at the time. I don’t have a set one every time and I listen to everything, so it may not even be the same genre.
Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time?
Robison : 300.
Strauss : What is your favorite snack food?
Robison : On my diet…. fruit. Off the diet…. there isn’t any snacking.
Strauss : What is your favorite type of pie?
Robison : Any type of lemon.
Strauss : What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Robison : Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla or Mint Chocolate Chip. Really any type of Blue Bell Ice Cream…. It’s a Southern thang!
Strauss : What is your favorite TV-Show?
Robison : Chuck.
Strauss : What is your favorite meal?
Robison : Hot dogs.
Strauss : What is your favorite video game?
Robison : Call of Duty.
Strauss : Who is your favorite superhero?
Robison : Never really got into it, but I guess Batman.
Strauss : What is the one thing you can’t leave your house without?
Robison : My iPod and iPhone. Mainly my iPhone…
Strauss : How long have you played football?
Robison : I’ve played since I was four years old.
Strauss : Did you play any other sports in high school?
Robison : I played baseball, basketball, track, powerlifting, and football my freshman and sophomore years. I just did football, basketball, and track during my junior and senior year.
Strauss : What is a favorite memory with a sport other than football?
Robison : Setting the University of Texas school record in the shot put as well as placing 4th at the U.S. Championships that year and being ranked number eleven in the world all in the same year. (2006)
Strauss : At what age, did you realize that you were going to play football in college and in the NFL?
Robison : My sophomore year of high school and during my junior year of college.
Strauss : If you weren’t in the NFL, what would you want to do?
Robison : Throw shot put and discus or become a high school coach.
Strauss : What impact did your high school coach have on your pro career?
Robison : A huge impact, he is like a second father to me.
Strauss : Describe the hardest changes between high school and college football
Robison : The speed and overall talent.
Strauss : Who was the hardest player get by in college? Why?
Robison : Jamaal Brown, during my first year at defensive end, he was very athletic and strong.
Strauss : How did the number process work out at Texas?
Robison : I wanted number 40, but it was taken so I went with 39 and stuck with it.
Strauss : How had your game improved throughout college?
Robison : I learned to let go. Mentally, I saw more and handled more. In addition, I played with instincts.
Strauss : What did you learn from playing football at Texas?
Robison : You have to work hard if you want to be the best, and talent can only take you so far.
Strauss : What is your favorite memory from Texas?
Robison : Winning the National championship, the big comeback against Oklahoma State during my sophomore year. All the personal Big-12 championships I had in track (team and personal) and the field goals I blocked in college.
Strauss : What was the combine like?
Robison : Long, boring, and tiring.
Strauss : What was your draft day experience like?
Robison : 2nd or 3rd round. I was pissed when I didn’t get taken, but it all worked out for the best and it was emotional, because when I finally got drafted my dreams came true and the hard work paid off.
Strauss : What was going through your mind when you finally got drafted?
Robison : Isn’t it really cold there?? And, I don’t remember talking to the Vikings much.
Strauss : What number are you in the NFL? Why?
Robison : 96. It was the last ninety number left.
Strauss : What is your favorite memory as a Viking?
Robison : My first game against Atlanta, I accumulated two sacks.
Strauss : What can you expect from playing in the NFL?
Robison : Wanting to be one of the best and be respected.
Strauss : What do you look for when you watch film? How important has film been to your development?
Robison : I look for anything that gives the play away and what a players weaknesses are. Film is probably the single most important thing to my development.
Strauss : What have you learned from your teammates?
Robison : I’ve learned a lot from the older guys on the D-line and they have helped me develop into a much better overall player and how to understand the ins and outs of the game.
Strauss : What is your nickname?
Robison : Everybody calls me B-Rob, nothing special. I’ve also been called a beast and freak for my athletic ability.
Strauss : Who do you compare your game to? Why?
Robison : I have been compared to others like Aaron Schobel, but I really feel like I am a combination of a lot of guys.
Strauss : What has been the hardest thing for you to do since you started playing football?
Robison : Trying to not overwork myself.
Strauss : What is your favorite charity? Why?
Robison : Right now, I represent The National Alliance for Thrombosis and Thrombophilia (NATT) because I had a blood clot during my second season here and it can be a horrible thing if you don’t stay on top of it. It’s really alarming how many people have this problem and die from it every year. Check out http://www.stoptheclot.org. I also hope to do more in the future.
Strauss : What is an experience that changed your life?
Robison : I just mentioned it above, definitely changed the way I eat and the outlook I have on life.
Strauss : What is your favorite quote?
Robison : Jeremiah 29:11, II chronicles 15:7.
Strauss : For someone aspiring to play football in college and in the NFL, do you have any advice for them?
Robison : Work hard. Work harder. Work hardest.
Strauss : Is there anything you want to tell your fans that I have not asked?
Robison : I love my fans and they are the best and I hope to keep giving them things to cheer about for years to come.
Strauss : Thank you for your time.