FLOWERY BRANCH – On most Mondays, Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson, depending on how his body feels after a NFL game, drives over to Athens to help out with the youth football program he started.
Robinson, who’s coming off a big game against Washington with a six tackles, half a sack, one interception and two pass breakups, talked about his kids and getting inducted in the Athens Hall of Fame.
Q: How’s your youth football program?
A: Back home, we changed the name from the Oilers to the Georgia Rebels. We are calling it a positive rebellion for the kids in the neighborhood to do positive things. People don’t really expect guys from that community to — coming from where they are coming from — to have a lot of positive things going on. So we call it a positive rebellion for those guys.
Q: How are the kids doing this season?
A: We are doing well right now, all four teams.
Q: What motivated you to work with the children?
A: I always said that if I had the opportunity, I wanted to give back to my community and through football is how I chose to do that. I started the youth football program and we are helping kids and families in a lot of ways.
Q: How many kids do you have?
A: We have about 125. We have different age groups from a 5- and 6-year-old team all the way up to a 13- and 14-year-old team.
Q: Do you all travel outside of the area to play teams?
A: Yes. We just played Deion [Sanders’] T.R.U.T.H. Atlanta team this past Saturday. We’re going to Conyers on Saturday to play against the Newton County Jets. That was one of the main focuses for me, to get the kids out of the community and let them see something else other than Athens, Georgia. A lot of those kids growing up, they’ll never see outside of Athens until they become adults and teenagers. So that was the main focus and main goal, to let them get outside of Athens and see other places, other towns and other counties.
Q: What was it like getting inducted in the Athens Athletic Hall of Fame?
A: It was a cool experience. There are some great athletes that have come from Athens, Georgia. For them to think of me in that way, myself and John Kasay, we were both inducted together after going to the same high school [Clarke Central.] He was there eight years before I was, but it was an honor to sit on the same stage with some of those great athletes.
Q: During the season, how tough is it to get out to practice with the kids?
A: It’s usually a Monday and Tuesday thing depending on how my body feels. In the summer time, I’m out there working with them a lot because I know I get busy starting in July so I try to put in a lot of work with them in the summer.