At 6-foot-4, Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Robinson is one of the tallest players in college football. But the sophomore isn’t even close to being the tallest person — or the most decorated athlete — in his own family. That’s because Robinson’s dad is NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson, who settled in San Antonio after a long career with the Spurs and raised Corey along with his wife, Valerie.
Here’s what you need to know about Corey:
1. He Played as a True Freshmen & Scored His 1st Career Touchdown
Robinson played in all 13 games last year as a true freshmen and made three starts, making an outsized impact for a first-year player. He caught 9 passes for 157 yards for the year and scored his first career touchdown with a 35-yard reception against Air Force.
He got his sophomore season off to a good start with touchdown catches against Purdue and Syracuse (pictured above.)
2. He Was One of the Best Players in Greater San Antonio in High School
Corey was a star high school receiver at San Antonio Christian, where he was named to Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Division II first-team all-state roster as a senior.
The San Antonio Express-News named him the fourth best player in the San Antonio area and a first-team receiver on the paper’s Sub-5A all-area team in 2012, when he was ranked the No. 80 wideout in the country by Rivals.com.
He caught 67 passes for 1,414 and 20 touchdowns as a senior, leading San Antonio Christian and an area title.
3. His Dad Is a Big Irish Fan
David is a constant presence at Notre Dame games, including the Irish’s showdown Saturday night at No.2 Florida State. He’s pictured above at ND’s game last year against USC.
4. He Had a Huge Game Against Florida State
Robinson came up big in Notre Dame’s biggest game of the season Saturday night, when he scored both of ND’s first-half touchdowns en route to a 17-10 lead over the defending national champions. One of the touchdowns came on a leaping grab that made his old man proud.
He then caught what appeared to be the game-winning touchdown on a 4th-and-goal in the game’s final seconds, only to have the score called back because of an offensive pass interference penalty against the Irish.
5. He’s a Big Fan of ND’s Other Sports Teams
Football players are often chided for their lack of support of other teams on campus. Not Robinson, whose Twitter feed is full of encouraging messages for other sports teams, re-tweets of promotions for the Notre Dame women’s soccer team, and photos of him and some of his teammates at other sporting events, such as the soccer game featured in the tweet above.