Something To Prove

The Indianapolis Colts' training camp starts on Friday, but free agent linebacker Dale Robinson is already there. To say that the 2005 co-Pac-10 defensive player of the year is ready to impress his prospective employer would be an understatement. However, the desire to make the teams that passed on him regret their draft day decision, may be the biggest motivating factor these days for the former Sun Devil standout.

"I'm here doing what I need to do to try and make the team," Dale Robinson told Devils Digest. "I wasn't happy when I didn't get drafted, but at least one of the best teams in the league signed me as a free agent. They run a 4-3 defense, they have a lot of tradition, good coaching…they have a lot of good things going on here." He added that through out the pre-draft process, he didn't feel that the Colts showed significantly more interest than other NFL teams.

The Glendale (Ariz.) Junior College transfer, earned All-Pac-10 honors in each of his two seasons with the maroon and gold. He started 23 of 24 career games, and was the anchor of the Sun Devil defense, pacing the team in tackles as a senior and finishing second as a junior. Overall, he led Arizona State in tackles in 11 games and collected 208 tackles (124 solo), 28 tackles for loss and 8.5 quarterback sacks.

Despite that impressive college football resume, Robinson wasn't drafted in any of the seven rounds. "Obviously, I was really shocked," he admitted. "I really don't know what happened. Everyday I think about it and try to understand what happened. I felt that I did everything I could do in college. I don't know if people were talking bad about me or something like that. I let my agent go because I don't think he did a good job for me. Whatever happened and whatever people said about me, I feel that it just was much more than what was really out there." Robinson said that he currently hasn't replaced his agent, but has a short list from which he will choose from in the near future.

Robinson has no family or friends in Indianapolis. He does however have the faith of the local NFL team that believes he has earned a chance to make his case for being part of a their squad. When it comes to the Colts' intuition, the former Sun Devil wants to prove them right, but on the other hand he also wants to "prove all those teams that didn't pick me wrong. Just like I've always been doing, I'm gonna out there and prove people wrong."

And the journey begins this weekend…

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