Robinson said that other than God and his mother, Paterno is the main reason he's in the Pro Bowl, and for that matter, in the NFL.
Representing the decade of the 2000s, Robinson drew applause by simply introducing himself. He then spoke of Paterno's honesty in his recruitment, his vow for a "second-to-none" education at Penn State, and his promise to Robinson that he would compete for the starting quarterback job and play before "the best fans in college football."
"Again, Joe Paterno did not lie to me," Robinson said.
A highly sought recruit from Richmond, Va., Robinson came to Penn State with boatloads of potential. After a few adverse years in which he played multiple positions and the Nittany Lions struggled, he left in 2005 as the starting quarterback, the Big Ten's offensive player of the year, and with the memory of holding the Orange Bowl trophy, his coach at his side.
"Some of the game's biggest stars, when I was down in Hawaii, were asking me, 'Why are you going on the trip? Why are you going so far? It's, like. 11 hours in the air,' " Robinson said. "My answer? 'I wouldn't be any other place in the world right now.' "
Robinson closed an emotional and powerful speech honoring Paterno with a message.
"Just because he's not with us, don't let the dream, don't let the experiment, don't let the values go away," Robinson said. "He's in all of us."