Gimme the damn baaalllllllllllllllll (going, going, gone)!

by Ben Goldfarb on January 2, 2014

in Penn State Football

Yet another high-profile member of the Penn State football family will leave the University for the promised land of the NFL. This time, it’s a player, namely, Allen “Gimme Da Damn Ball” Robinson, who will enter the NFL Draft.

Robinson is the favorite receiver of Big Ten Freshman of the Year quarterback Christian Hackenberg, and of course, he is very much his own favorite receiver, a legend in his own mind.

Robinson has the goods, so there is good foundation for his, um, self-assuredness. He is forecast to be a first-round pick. Encouragingly, he showed humility, if not grammar, in his statement:

“It was a great honor to play at Penn State. I am  blessed to have played with, and for, the people in the Penn State program. This is a decision that I believe is best for my family and I, and I wish all the best to the University and all of my teammates.”

Amidst some pretty talented receivers, Robinson had been named Big Ten receiver of the year for the past two years.

Even though his career will be cut short, Robinson ranks second in receptions and third in receiving yardage on Penn State’s all time lists.

Bill O’Brien’s departure undoubtedly had an impact on GTDB’s decision. The uncertainty of the future at Penn State, plus his projected first-roundedness provided all the remaining data points he needed.

Joe January 2, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Not unexpected with or without O’Brien being the HC. In fact I would have been disappointed if OB didn’t tell him to take the money and run to the NFL (see what I did here?)

No he’s a hot commodity right now and would be a fool to pass up a first-second round draft pick.

Time to move on folks, time to move on.

K. John January 2, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Unlike O’Brien, I wish Robinson luck. Given what the draft looks like for receiver I hope he doesn’t slip too far. It is my opinion that O’Brien’s leaving caused him to leave. Looking at the draft order and the players that have left early, I certainly don’t see him going in the first round and wouldn’t be shocked if he were to slip to the third.

The Nittany Turkey January 2, 2014 at 6:50 pm

You, K. John, stating that there are better receivers elsewhere? Please check your temperature, and that thing better have numbers on it!


K. John January 4, 2014 at 10:42 am

I think Sammy Watkins is better and has a higher potential. I also think Evans and Lee will be selected ahead of ARob. The problem is, the draft order and teams needs. I don’t believe for a second any team simply drafts the best player available under most circumstances. If Calvin Johnson is there, you grab him. None of these guys are Megatron or even close. I see Watkins as a sure fire first rounder. If Watkins makes it past Oakland, which I think he will, he could be the only first rounder at the position.

The Nittany Turkey January 4, 2014 at 11:42 am

Sammy Watkins sure can throw those oranges!

The OB win did nothing to damage Sammy’s NFL chances. Neither do his dreadlocks.


K. John January 4, 2014 at 11:53 am

Watkins reminds me of Derrick Williams with legitimate NFL size and strength, something Williams never had. He is not as fast but appears to have better ups. He runs good, not great routes. He relies on his natural ability more than he should just like Williams. He has good hands but then looks like a running back as soon as he has the ball. That combo has always done very well in the draft even if the results on the field are mixed.

The Nittany Turkey January 4, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Unquestionably, Watkins is or should be at the top of everyone’s list at WR.

Robinson, in this turkey’s not-so-humble opinion should go no later than the second round, but I continue to think that Kelvin Benjamin should be ranked higher, and I also think that after Monday night, he will be.


Parkeyboy January 2, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Hey Turk!
I am drinking beer again, but hear me out! Just thinking outside the box….

How does Jim Tressle sound as new the new coach? How much would Tressle want to beat Urban Meyer’s ass? Plus he is too old for any NFL team to poach him. He could stay for a few years. I know he was not present when Pyror received free tattoos 6 years ago. I am sure there is more to it , but I think he is a good dude, and a really good coach!

I can see him wearing a blue vest!

I know PSU will never allow it, but…just a thought.

I am just sayin’


The Nittany Turkey January 3, 2014 at 1:14 am

Yeah, it’s the beer. Some valid points there, but you said it right at the end. PSU would never go for it — from the administration to the faculty to the students to the alumni to the fan base and through and through.

But what the hell. Your thinking outside the box is a refreshing change from all those out there who are proposing the same things as each other. The worst are the ones who somehow think Tom Bradley is a candidate. Back to the future.

Good to hear from you, as always. Happy New Year to you and yours!


jd January 3, 2014 at 8:44 am

his value is high, and it’s the right time.

get payed, son.

The Nittany Turkey January 3, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Agreed, jd. But he’ll have to wait until after his rookie season to start the Gimme da Damn Ball crap!

Happy New Year to you and the Drozz family!


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