RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Michael Robinson had always wanted his own show. Now he has it, and a big enough interview to get eyes to watch it.
The Varina High graduate and Seattle Seahawk's web show the "Real Rob Report" got national attention Tuesday because of a one on one interview with Donovan McNabb. The embattled Redskins quarterback had not done interviews this offseason after his benching at the end of 2010. As part of the website's section "Facetime" where players get to speak directly to their fans, McNabb says: "For those who want to dwell on last year, so be it. But 2011 is going to be a special season. I've prepared myself well, not just conditioning and strength-wise, but, most importantly, getting back to in my fundamentals. And I look to get back to that for the 2011 season. For those who say that it can't be possible, I'll prove you wrong." The story was picked up by many national websites, and was even mentioned on ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption".
Robinson started interviewing players his first year in the league, for what he called "The Rookie Report" with the San Francisco 49ers. He picked it up later in his career, but began dedicating more time to it during the lockout this offseason. He owns the web address www.realrobreport.com, and is totally in charge of the production of the web show. Robinson went to graduate school for broadcast journalism, and said Tuesday that he's always wanted his own show. Robinson said the "Real Rob Report" is different from what you see on television, because it features athletes interviewing athletes, and talking about sports, entertainment, and life.
Robinson is in Richmond this week for his "Excel 2 Excellence" camp, which begins Thursday at Varina High School, and runs through Saturday. Robinson will have two on-field days, and one off-field day, where camp-goers will learn skills that will help them get into higher education. Excel 2 Excellence is Robinson's charity that works to provide education for all ages. He's hoping the proceeds of the camp will go to building a learning center that will service the entire Richmond area. Other NFL players expected to appear at Varina include fellow Seahawks Leon Washington, Justin Forsett and Marshawn Lynch, plus fellow Virginia natives in the NFL, Jason Snelling and Levi Brown.