Over the years, as he put together an 11-season NBA career, Nate Robinson occasionally would show up at Seahawks practices to watch, and offer hints that he could make it in the NFL, too, if he ever gave it a try.
The Seahawks gave Robinson a tryout on Monday, with his logical position being cornerback, where he played 14 years ago as a freshman at the University of Washington.
Robinson, now 32 and having gone unclaimed on NBA waivers, initially accepted a football scholarship at UW. The Rainier Beach grad played well, and came up with a key interception in the 2002 Apple Cup. Adept at covering other point guards, Robinson excelled in man-to-man coverage of receivers. And although only 5-9, his leaping ability (later a three-time winner of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest) allowed him to play “bigger” than his height.
After that season, though, he focused solely on basketball at UW and was selected in the first round of the 2005 draft by Phoenix.
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The Seahawks currently have a full 90-man roster, and seem to have quality depth at cornerback already.