Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Robinson, the son of NBA legend David Robinson, is bidding to extend his legacy in South Bend, Indiana, beyond the gridiron by running for student body president.
Mary Green of the Observer reported the younger Robinson's plans on Tuesday. The wideout insisted he's taking care of his rigorous academic work now ahead of his impending push for office with vice presidential candidate Rebecca Blais:
I've planned ahead, gotten all of my hard work out of the way this semester, and I'm finishing up my senior thesis. I'm doing all the hard stuff now so in the fall and the spring, I just have to take two classes pretty much.
If we do get elected, I'm going to have a very experienced team with everyone who knows what they're going to be doing, so that way, I won’t have to be around every single second of every single day. We'll have a very experienced, very veteran team, where I can be more of an overseer. … I’d let them do their thing, through updates and through meetings, more of than kind of role as opposed to a micromanager.
Robinson has 65 receptions for 896 yards and seven touchdowns for the Fighting Irish. The 6'4 ½", 215-pound playmaker figures to be in line for a big role as a Notre Dame senior on and off the field.
Green mentioned that Robinson had enough credits already to graduate in May of this year but opted to add a business economics minor so he could maintain undergraduate status and remain eligible for presidency.
Already with experience on the executive cabinet as the student government's athletics representative, the move to take the next step in the pseudo-political arena isn't a publicity stunt. There's genuine interest and experience lending credence to Robinson's candidacy.
The plan Robinson has to tend to his prospective presidential obligations seems sound, as he told Green:
This spring, all of our practices are in the morning, so we practice from six in the morning until 10 a.m., and the rest of the day is free, and I have one class a day, no class on Fridays. In the summer, same kind of thing — we only practice for two hours a day, and I’m going to be here every day, all day, so that'll be easy as well. I'm only taking one class.
In the fall, we practice to 2:30 to 7, so anything between those hours, I can't participate in, but the rest of the day, I'm free. I'm going to have three or four classes … and the way my schedule works, only football and student body, so that way, I'll be able to be fully invested in both, in those two aspects.
For such a big man on campus who's a part of a powerhouse football program, Robinson appears to be taking the humble, diplomatic and cooperative approach to his political campaign.
Similar to how Robinson's arc as a football player has unfolded, 2016 figures to be when he steps into the limelight as more of a leader by example. With Will Fuller headed to the NFL, the opportunity is ripe for the seasoned Robinson to step up as a starter in Notre Dame's receiving corps.
If he isn't able to parlay a solid senior year on the field into a potential pro football future, Robinson seems to have the capacity to thrive in politics should he choose to go that route. He is a liberal studies major with a minor in sustainability in addition to his newly added business economics focus.