OK, that’s not exactly what Carolina analyst Eugene Robinson had to say to the Super Bowl-bound NFC Champion Panthers, but given his 1998 arrest the night before SB XXXIII (in which his Falcons were soundly beaten by John Elway’s Broncos), that’s pretty much the gist of it. Robinson wouldn’t tell the Charlotte Observer’s Joseph Person exactly what he said to the current Panthers squad, but you can make an educated guess :
“That’s the first time I heard that story. I didn’t know anything about it,” tight end Ed Dickson said. “It says a lot that he would open up and say something about it. Because a lot of people would hold it in and not even talk about that moment.”
Robinson played 16 years in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl ring with Green Bay in 1996.
“Him being an ex-player, him being in that moment, he wanted to make sure nobody else would be that guy again,” Dickson said. “That’s huge.”
Panthers receiver Brenton Bersin knows Robinson well and was familiar with his arrest. He said it was a powerful message.
“He was basically saying don’t mess up,” Bersin said. “And don’t let the hoopla and all the stuff that’s available to you, you don’t have to be doing all that stuff.”