Robinson And Mason Together Again

Auburn teammates Greg Robinson and Tre Mason are together again after both were drafted by the St. Louis Rams.

St. Louis, Mo.--It's always tough to wait around until your name is called in the NFL Draft but for Auburn running back Tre Mason it felt like an eternity. Watching as teammates Greg Robinson and Dee Ford went in the first round on Thursday, Mason sat through the second round without any word. That's when former and future teammate Greg Robinson stepped in.

Already on his way to his new home in St. Louis, Robinson sent a word of encouragement to Mason not knowing that very soon the two would be re-united once again with the Rams.

"Before they drafted him I had just texted him good luck," Robinson said. "I kind of stopped paying attention to the draft and then he called me. He was like ‘bro, I'm a Ram'. I just kind of broke out because I could hear in his voice he was getting emotional. I could hear him crying over the phone. It was a great feeling just to have someone as close to him along with me, that's a positive also."

Having Robinson to block for him is something Mason is already very used to. Recruited together out of high school in the same signing class for Auburn, the Heisman finalist said he can't imagine a better scenario than getting to team up with the powerful blocker in the NFL.

"It's like a dream come true to be able to play with Greg again," Mason said. "We came in our freshman year talking about wanting to be three and out and how it would be a dream come true if we played together on the next level. God blessed us with that opportunity and so did Coach (Jeff) Fisher and Mr. (Les) Snead. They brought us together."

Tre Mason should have a chance to challenge for early playing time

Having a familiar face is something that Robinson said should make the transition a much smoother one for both of them as they make a new home in St. Louis. Joining a team that is looking to take the next step under Coach Jeff Fisher, Robinson added that his strong bond with Mason is something he believes will benefit them both on and off the field.

"We got recruited together so when we both committed to Auburn we went our separate ways for a little while because I play O-Line and he's a skill guy," Robinson said. "But with his personality and me all-together, we just bonded as did a lot of guys on the team. We got closer with one another.

"I have actually went home with him a few times and he has been to my house. It's that brotherhood and it's great to share those kind of things with your teammates. I have met his family and everything. I just work hard because I know he's running the ball. I have to help my brother out. That just made things a little better."

Now with the first part of the journey done, the work begins for both as the Rams begin mini-camp next week. This week it's all about getting adjusted to life in the NFL, something that Mason said hit him hard when he walked in the locker room for the first time.

"It's another opportunity to say it's a blessing," Mason said. "To have the opportunity to play at the next level is something you dream of as a child. Just walking into the locker room and seeing your number and name next to it is just a feeling you can't describe."

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