NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson, also known as "The Admiral", was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday and among the topics surrounding his recollections of being a professional basketball player and the NBA playoffs was his son, Corey, and his decision to attend Notre Dame.
David and Corey Robinson
While the elder Robinson displayed great pride in his son's decision to play for the Irish, he was initially trying to steer him more in the direction of following his own footsteps on the hardwood.
"I had no control over that one," the Admiral said with laughter when asked about Corey deciding to go a different route and take his talents to the gridiron. "I was trying to train him to play basketball. I just let the boys grow and train at their own pace. He just loves football.
"Personally I think that game is too crazy ... but he loves it and he's pretty good at it. He has some potential."
It took one recruiting trip to South Bend for David and Corey to realize that it was the right place. After learning more about the program during the junior day visit on March 24, the family returned for the Blue-Gold Game on April 21.
There's no secret that the discussions about head-related injuries and the long-term effects they had on deceased players like ex-Chicago Bears and Notre Dame defensive back Dave Duerson and ex-San Diego Chargers and USC linebacker Junior Seau are a hot topic, but it's a situation that the elder Robinson will confide in the program as a parent.
"Absolutely. You have to," David quickly responded when asked if he had any concerns about it. "But you have to trust in the training and that they're going to take the right precautions and take care of your son. And a little prayer too."
While there have been reservations about which sport his son should pursue as ongoing studies, the last thought on his mind was ever trying to talk Corey out of pursuing his dreams.
"He's his own man," David said. "They all have to grow at their own pace. I try to talk them out of some other things they want to do, but not football."
The younger Robinson, who is rated by 247Sports as the No. 83 wideout nationally and No. 108 prospect in Texas, had 42 catches for 660 yards and 10 touchdowns in his junior campaign. He has accepted an invited to the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 5 in his hometown of San Antonio.
The Christian Academy three-star prospect currently stands at 6-4, 195 pounds, which his father says is 20 pounds heavier than he was at this stage of his development. David notably gained about 60 pounds his first year in the Naval Academy, and he expects his son to put on about 30 pounds in his first year.
The younger Robinson has addressed his reasons for choosing the Irish, and a big part of it for his father was the coaching staff that is looking to take the program back in the right direction.
"(Irish head) Coach (Brian) Kelly is doing a great job over there and we've visited with him several times," David shared. "I like that staff and they're doing a great job in a difficult situation. ... (Notre Dame is) sort of like the (New York) Yankees of college football. Everybody has an opinion. But they're doing a very, very good job."
Corey is set to enroll at Notre Dame in the spring semester of 2013 after graduating high school in December.