2013 Chiefs New Player Profile – CB Dunta Robinson

One thing that’s very apparent with Dunta Robinson – he loves to talk, and he can cover a world of different subjects.

But his favorite is to talk football.

“I hear a lot of guys say they’re a cover corner,” Robinson said recently, after signing to play with the Chiefs. “I don’t want that beside my name. I want ‘complete corner’ beside my name. A guy who can play press. A guy who can backpedal. And a guy who can come up and hit like a safety.

“I think it’s rare in this league that you get a corner who can do every single thing, and I’m trying to work myself up to that.”

Robinson played for a 13-3 team last year as the Atlanta Falcons went to the NFC Championship Game. Now, he’s playing with a team that went 2-14 and has turned everything upside down in hopes of improving the record and trying to return to respectability.

“I love the challenge,” Robinson said. “I really want to help this team get back where it should be. I think there are enough good players here to do that.”

Here’s his story. 


Dunta Robinson

Pronounced Don-TAY

Cornerback/University of South Carolina/Athens, Georgia

Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Chiefs on March 8

Transactions

  • April 24, 2004 – selected in the 1st-round, pick #10 of the NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.
  • July 22, 2004 – signed 5-year contract with Houston for $10.6 million.
  • August 26, 2008 – placed on the PUP List as he recovered from ’07 knee injury.
  • October 17, 2008 – activated from the PUP List.
  • February 19, 2009 – Texans designates Robinson their franchise player.
  • September 6, 2009 – signed franchise player tender offer of $9.57 million for the season.
  • March 5, 2010 – became an unrestricted free agent.
  • March 5, 2010 – signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Atlanta Falcons on a 6-year contract worth $54 million, with $22.5 million in guaranteed dollars.
  • March 1, 2013 – released by the Atlanta Falcons because of salary cap considerations; he was scheduled to receive $8 million in base salary.
  • March 8, 2013 – signed as a free agent by the Chiefs.

Personal

Born – April 11, 1982 in Athens, Georgia (he’s 31 years old).

Parents – Mother Betty and father Willie Robinson. They live in Oconee County Georgia, which is in the southwest corner of the urban sprawl of the Atlanta metro area. Dunta built the home they live in after signing his rookie contract.

Siblings – His sister Shkeida is two years older and runs a beauty salon in Bogart, Georgia. Brother Darreion is 8 years younger. He was the player of the year at Clarke Central High School in 2007 and went on to play at Georgia Southern and was eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft. He was not selected.

Children – Dunta is the father of Aiden and Jade.

Grew up in Athens, Georgia

Located in the northeast corner of the state, Athens is the home of the University of Georgia and life in the sixth largest metro area in Georgia. The university was granted a charter by the Georgia General Assembly in 1785, but it would be 1801 before the school was established on donated land that overlooked the Oconee River. In the 1800s, Athens life was dominated by cotton Mills, which led to the railroad arriving by 1845. During the Civil War, it became a supply center for the Confederacy. Population is estimated in 2010 at just more than 115,000. Native born in Athens were Hall of Fame QB Frank Tarkenton, musician Michael Stipe of R.E.M., actor Jeff Daniels and guitarist Leo Kottke.

Clarke Central High School

Located in Athens, Clarke Central is part of the Clark County School District and was created just over 40 years ago in a merger of Athens and Burney-Harris High Schools. There are approximately 1,400 students in grades nine through 12. Famous alumni include actress Kim Basinger, former Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley, and a host of former NFL players, including K John Kasay, WR Willie Green and DE Chuck Smith.

The CCHS athletic teams wear red and gold uniforms and carry the nickname the Gladiators. They participate in Class 5A, Region 8. Robinson participated in basketball, track and football at CCHS.

Football

He was a three-year starter at defensive back, running back and wide receiver with the Gladiators and playing for head coach Steve Brooks.

1999 – he had 4 interceptions and broke up 8 passes and ran for 6 touchdowns as a running back, plus he scored on punt and kickoff returns.

1998 – Robinson was a starter all season in the secondary and got multiple snaps on offense as a receiver and running back.

1997 – In his first season with the varsity, Robinson became a starter in the defensive backfield.

Recruiting

Growing up in Athens, Georgia, there was only one school that Dunta Robinson wanted to play football for – the hometown University of Georgia. He was a Bulldogs fan from the time he knew what a football was and carried that passion until his senior year of high school. Head coach Jim Donnan and his staff recruited Robinson during his junior high school season.

“My junior year I was under the impression that I was one of the guys they really wanted to come and play at the University of Georgia,” Robinson said.

In that senior season, he seldom heard from Donnan or his staff, but the last connection was a feeler about Robinson moving to wide receiver.

“It was one of those situations I didn’t understand,” Robinson said.

He picked the University of South Carolina because it was fairly close to Athens and because of the desire to play for then Gamecocks head coach Lou Holtz.

“There aren’t too many people with the type of enthusiasm as he has on an everyday basis,” Robinson said of Holtz.


University of South Carolina

2003 – The Gamecocks lost 5 of their last 6 games, getting blasted in the final game of Robinson’s college career by Clemson, 63-17. He had a career-high of 50 total tackles on that season.

2002 – Robinson made his mark in his junior season, when he moved to cornerback and ended up leading the team with 4 interceptions. That was also good for fourth most in the SEC. He had 49 total tackles and broke up 10 passes. His first college interception came against Temple and he returned it 34 yards. Against Mississippi State he had 2 interceptions, 5 tackles and 2 passes broken up. He played a team-high 72 defensive snaps against LSU.

2001 – Appearing in 11 games, he played the nickel position in the Gamecocks secondary along with time on special teams. Robinson finished up with 10 tackles, including 3 against Mississippi State.

2000 – In his true freshman season, he appeared in nine games as a backup and a special teams player. On defense, he played primarily at safety. Robinson finished the season with five total tackles.

Post-season

2001 – South Carolina faced Ohio State in the Outback Bowl for the second straight season and won 31-28. Robinson played on special teams.

2000 – The Gamecocks beat Ohio State in the Outback Bowl 24-7. Robinson was dressed but barely saw the playing field in this game.

Numbers

Year 

G/S 

Tkl 

TFL 

Int 

PD 

FF 

RF 

Team 

2000 

9/0 

5 

0 

0 

0 

0 

0 

8-4 

2001 

11/0 

10 

0 

0 

0 

0 

0 

9-3 

2002 

12/12 

49 

2 

4/63 

12 

0 

0 

5-7 

2003 

12/12 

50 

4 

1/29 

10 

0 

0 

5-7 

Total 

44/24 

114 

6 

5/92 

22

0 

0 

27-21 

NFL Draft 2004

Due to his speed, overall athletic ability and his career playing in the SEC, Robinson was at the top of most teams draft boards going into the selection meeting. He was considered among the top two or three cornerbacks coming out of the college ranks, possibly behind only DeAngelo Hall from Virginia Tech. Robinson ended up as the third defensive backs selected in the first round – Washington grabbed safety Sean Taylor with the fifth pick and Hall went to Atlanta with pick No. 8.

In just their third season in the NFL, the Houston Texans had compiled a record of 9-23 under head coach Dom Capers. In the 2003 season the Texans finished 5-11 and in last place in the AFC South. The defense coordinated by Vic Fangio finished 27th points allowed and 31st in offensive yards given up. The starting cornerbacks were a pair of refugees from the New York Jets: Aaron Glenn and Marcus Coleman.

That was the situation Robinson joined when he was the 10th name called in the first round. Two other DBs were drafted behind him, in Ahmad Carroll and Chris Gamble.


Houston Texans

Robinson joined the Texans and became an immediate starter, with 57 consecutive starts between 2004 and 2007. Over his career he played 84 games for Houston, with 79 starts.

A starter in 79 of 84 career games, Robinson totaled 396 tackles, 13 interceptions, 63 passes defensed, four sacks, six forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He returned one of his interceptions for a touchdown. He remains the Texans all-time leader in interceptions and passes defensed.

2009 – Back to a full 16-game season, Robinson had 65 total tackles, but did not have an interception for the first season in his career. Against Indianapolis and New England, he had 7 total tackles in each game.

2008 – Robinson began the season on the physically-unable-to-play list as he was still recovering from his injuries from the season before. After missing the first 5 games, he returned for the final 11 games and finished with 38 total tackles and 2 more interceptions, grabbing throws against Cincinnati and Green Bay. He had 9 tackles against Cincinnati.    

2007 – For the first time in his NFL career, Robinson was off the field for the final 7 games of the season due to a knee and hamstring injuries suffered in a game against Oakland. Before going down, he had an interception against Carolina. He ended the season with 35 total tackles.

2006 – It was another good season for Robinson, who finished with 85 total tackles and 2 interceptions. He had a career high 11 tackles in a game against Washington. His interceptions came against Jacksonville and Buffalo, and he took the swipe against the Bills to the end zone on a 9-yard return. He forced a fumble against the Jets.

2005 – Robinson followed up his strong rookie season with a strong second year, pulling down 87 total tackles and an interception. He had 9 tackles in a game at Indianapolis, and the next week he had 8 tackles against the Chiefs. His lone interception came against Peyton Manning and the Colts. He also recovered a fumble against Baltimore.

2004 – He was named the 2004 Pro Football Weekly Defensive Rookie of the Year and the 2004 Touchdown Club Rookie of the Year for his performance out of the draft, with 16 starts, 88 total tackles and 6 interceptions. Robinson had back-to-back games in November with 9 total tackles. Against Indianapolis, he had two sacks of Peyton Manning, and picked up another one the next game against Chicago. Also in that game against the Bears, he had his 6th interception of the season. Earlier in the season he had 2 picks against Oakland that he returned for 86 yards, and later he had interceptions vs. Tennessee, Green Bay and the New York Jets.

Season 

G/S 

Tk 

TFL 

Sks 

PR 

Int 

PD 

FF 

RF 

Team 

2004 

16/16 

88 

0 

3 

0 

6-146 

19 

0 

3 

7-9 

2005 

16/16 

87 

0 

1

0 

1-1 

10 

1 

1 

2-14 

2006 

16/16 

83 

0 

0 

1 

2-9 

12 

1 

0 

6-10 

2007 

9/9 

35 

0 

0 

0 

2-6 

7 

0 

0 

8-8 

2008 

11/6 

38 

1 

0 

0 

2-0 

6 

0 

0 

8-8 

2009 

16/16 

65 

6 

0 

0 

0 

9 

0 

1 

9-7 

Totals 

84/84 

396 

7 

4

1 

13-162 

63 

2 

5 

40-56 

 


Atlanta Falcons

When the 2009 season was over, Robinson knew his time in Houston was over as well and headed into free agency. He was excited when the Falcons showed a great deal of interest. GM Thomas Dimitroff made improving his secondary a priority and Robinson was on the list.

“Just being home, knowing everything around me, being able to go and see people I grew up with, see my mom and dad on a regular basis — it all has been a dream come true,” Robinson said upon signing with the Falcons on a 6-year deal for $54 million.

In 3 seasons with the Falcons, Robinson appeared/started in 47 games, putting up 4 more interceptions, 1.5 sacks and 184 total tackles.

2012 – Robinson had 80 tackles, 1.5 sacks and an interception last season as the Falcons won the NFC South. He started the season with 3 tackles against the Chiefs at Arrowhead. Later in the season he had 10 total tackles against Detroit and 9 in a victory over Oakland. His interception came at the expense of Robert Griffin III and the Redskins, where he also shared a sack. He got a solo sack in Tampa, taking down Bucs QB Josh Freeman.

2011 – It was a 49-tackle season for Robinson, with a pair of interceptions, picking up one each against Tennessee and New Orleans. He returned both of those picks 14 yards. His most active games were the first three of the season when he had 6 total tackles against Chicago, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay.

2010 – It was the regular-season finale before Robinson got his first interception for the Falcons; it came against Carolina. Just a week earlier he had 8 total tackles against New Orleans.

Season 

G/S 

Tk 

TFL 

Sks 

PR 

Int 

PD 

FF 

RF 

Team 

2010

15/15

55

1

0

0

1

7

0

1

13-3

2011

16/16

49

1

0

0

2-28

9

0

0

10-6

2012

16/16

80

6

1.5

1

1-4

8

1

0

13-3

Totals 

47/47 

184

8

1.5

1

4

24

1

1

36-12

Playoffs

4/4

18

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

1-3

Post-season

2012 – After a bye week, the Falcons played in the divisional round against Seattle, winning 30-28. Robinson had 4 tackles. In the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome, they fell to San Francisco 28-24. Robinson had 5 tackles and a forced fumble.

2011 – Atlanta went on the road in the wildcard round and fell to the New York Giants 24-2. Robinson had 3 tackles and one pass defended.

2010 – The Falcons hosted the Green Bay Packers in a divisional round game, losing 48-21 and blowing the No. 1 seed in the NFC field. Robinson had 6 total tackles in the game.

Injury Report

December 30, 2012 – suffered a concussion in regular-season finale against Tampa Bay. He fulfilled the league’s protocol for head injuries and was cleared to play several days later when the Falcons were in a bye week before their first game in the playoffs.

October 10, 2010 – he suffered a knee injury and a possible concussion in a game against Philadelphia. He missed the next game against Cincinnati, but returned after a bye week.

November 4, 2007 – In the first quarter of the Texans game against the Raiders in Oakland, Robinson was attempting to strip the ball from WR Ronald Curry when one of his teammates (281-pound Earl Cochran) ran into him from behind. Robinson was bent awkwardly and then there was a pileup of bodies on top of him. His right hamstring was torn completely off the bone and he tore several knee ligaments. His season was over.

NFL Discipline

September 8, 2011 – Robinson was fined $40,000 by the league for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin. It came in the third quarter of Atlanta’s 35-31 victory over Philadelphia. The league’s measure read: “Robinson unnecessarily struck a defenseless receiver. That action violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 8 (g) of the NFL Official Playing Rules, which states that it is unnecessary roughness if the initial force of the contact by a defender’s helmet, forearm, or shoulder is to the head or neck area of a defenseless receiver who is catching or attempting to catch a pass.”

October 17, 2010 – He was docked $50,000 by the NFL for an illegal hit on a defenseless player charge for a hit on Eagles WR DeSean Jackson. His discipline letter read in part: “Robinson unnecessarily struck a defenseless receiver. That action violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 8 (g) of the NFL Official Playing Rules, which states that it is unnecessary roughness if the initial force of the contact by a defender’s helmet, forearm, or shoulder is to the head or neck area of a defenseless receiver who is catching or attempting to catch a pass.”

September 13, 2009 – The NFL fined Robinson $25,000 for wearing a pair of shoes that had the message “Pay Me Rick” written on the heel on his Nike shoes. He was in the midst of a contract dispute with the Texans and Rick was Rick Smith, Houston’s general manager.

Body of Work

  • Height – 5-feet, 10 ½ inches.
  • Weight – 186 pounds.
  • 40-yard dash – 4.34 seconds.
  • 20-yard dash – 2.48 seconds.
  • 10-yard dash – 1.52 seconds.
  • Bench press – 15 repetitions at 225 pounds.
  • Vertical jump – 36 inches.
  • Broad jump – 10-feet.
  • 3-cone drill – 6.97 seconds
  • 20-yard shuttle – 3.75 seconds.

One Response to “2013 Chiefs New Player Profile – CB Dunta Robinson”

  • July 18, 2013  - ChuckXX says:

    When you take a serious look at our secondary (corners and safetys) we really do look very much improved. I have very high hopes for these guys.




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