Defensive Tackle, New York Giants
Height/weight: 6-4, 317
Born: March 25, 1977 Pensacola, Fla.
Resides: Pensacola, Fla.
College: Wake Forest
Drafted: 2nd round (55th overall) in 2000 by Minnesota Vikings
Years in NFL: 10th
Years as starter: 8
Career NFL stats: 2009: In final season with the Giants, played in all 16 games, recording two sacks and 25 tackles, with five passes defended. 2008: Started all 14 games he played, collected 5.5 sacks, tying a career-high. Started 105 of 142 games in his first 9 seasons for 2008 Super Bowl champions. 26.5 career sacks. Three interceptions. Named Defensive Player of the Year by the NY Giants in 2006. Named defensive captain in 2008.
Family: Father, Fred Robbins Sr., played professional basketball for the Miami Floridians. Mother, Blanche Jackson-Robbins; Sister, Freda Spurlock. Married Tia Watts on May 23, 2009.
Wackiest prank in training camp:
We put blue dye in rookies’ gloves, shoes and helmets. It stays on them for a while.
Best QB I’ve faced:
Bret Favre or Peyton Manning. Probably Favre.
Best O-Lineman I’ve faced:
Matt Birk of the Minnesota Vikings.
Best defensive player I’ve played with:
John Randle when I was with Minnesota. Michael Strahan on the Giants. They’re both Hall of Famers.
Describe the biggest hit of your career:
In college I put a good hit on North Carolina State quarterback James Barnett. I broke through the line and got a good sack on him, it was the first hit I had where everyone just said, “Ooooooh…”
Closest friends in football:
The Giants defensive line hangs out a lot, we always hung around and cracked jokes with each other.
Steak, soul food, Italian, Mexican …
“Harlem Nights,” “Life,” “Scarface.” I like comedies, anything funny, like “Coming to America.”
What’s in your iPod?
I like all types of music, I have like 8,000 songs in my iPod and just put it on shuffle and let it play.
Best qualities for a person to have:
Honesty and a sense of humor.
I support the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation and several non-profits with other players when I was on the Giants, including The Santa Rosa Kids House with Lawrence Tynes and Bright Steps Forward with Sam Madison. I also produce an annual block party in my childhood neighborhood of Lincoln Park in Pensacola, Fla.
My hero is:
My dad. He’s my biggest fan; he’s always been there for me. He made it to every game in college, home and away. He’s my support, I learned a lot from him growing up, as a man and as a person.