Son of ex-NBA star takes shot at football

Former NBA star David Robinson (Getty Images)

For 16-year-old wide receiver Corey Robinson, understanding the world of sports is no problem after being raised by his basketball Hall of Fame father, David Robinson.

Robinson, 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, switched from basketball to football three years ago after realizing a greater potential on the field than on the court. While he may not follow in his father's 7-1 footsteps on the court, he's committed to living up to his dad's ideals off of it.

"Corey's work ethic has really impressed me," David Robinson said. "He has a great attitude. I think I would get frustrated if I wasn't playing or if something wasn't going right for me. He just seems to be steady, it doesn't matter what is happening. Even if he gets three passes in a game, he comes back and he's just smiling and having a good time.

"I'm excited as a dad. I can't help with football, but I can just cheer him on and be a dad. I'm enjoying it."

David, nicknamed "The Admiral" after serving as a Naval officer, had a 14-year NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs after being selected as the first pick in the 1987 draft. He's also the second player in NBA history to win Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player during his career — Michael Jordan was the first to achieve the honor.

Having a two-time NBA Champion (1999, 2003), 10-time NBA All-Star as a father can set the standards pretty high for the motivated high school junior. But for the Robinsons, their relationship is more than just father and son.

"My dad and I are two peas in a pod," Corey said. "We are both alike in everything. We like the same music and the same games, so we always hang out. A lot of his influence is in me in how I handle myself, the way I speak and the way I carry myself. I enjoy it. It's not a bad thing to be like your dad.

"My dad is a great philanthropist, basketball player and, most importantly, a great person. I strive to be like that. I want to learn from my experiences with him to be a good son and become a good father someday."

It's easy to see that father and son are alike. Although David is proud of his son's achievements, he believes it is important for Corey to become his own individual.

"He's going to become his own man," the elder Robinson said. "The great thing I like about him is he doesn't try to be me. He just tries to learn things from me. Any father is happy when his son asks him, 'Hey, how do I do this?' And 'What's going on here?' He has a curious heart. He plays ridiculous instruments much better than me. As I'm tinkering on the piano, he's playing all these different instruments. It's just so much fun to watch your son."

Despite David's hope for Corey's independence, Corey has become a mirror image of his father both in his looks and his personality. After spending only a few seconds with the Robinsons, it's no surprise why Corey has grown to be such a successful young man.

Corey has naturally followed his dad's example on and off the court. When the transition from basketball to football became challenging for Corey, he followed his dad's positive approach to life and eventually became one of his team's top leaders.

"I see it every day," Corey said. "I've seen him play a little bit. I don't remember anything from my early years, but I look back now and everyone tells me how good he was. I definitely see it in the way he acted on the court and handles himself. I try to model myself after him on the field with my teammates. I try to be that leader who encourages and tries to hold everyone together."

Corey isn't the only one who recognizes his dad's philanthropic lifestyle. In March 2003, in honor of David's contributions to philanthropies, the NBA renamed its award for outstanding charitable efforts in his honor. Each month, the David Robinson Plaque is given out by the league to recognize those whose charitable efforts have bettered their community.

"Helping other people and encouraging them is the most important thing we can do," David said.

One of the organizations that David has really taken under his wing is the Carver Academy. The Robinsons founded the school, based in San Antonio, Texas, in 2001 and have donated more than $11 million to the school. Corey has been able to partake in his father's philanthropy personally after attending the Carver Academy for three years.

Now, as Corey prepares for the chaos of college football recruiting, the elder Robinson has advised his son to look for a school that offers growth academically as well as athletically.

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