Lamont Robinson Recovering From Accident

New Jersey linebacker <b>Lamont Robinson</b> had an impressive PSU Nike Camp, and on the field afterwards he told GBW that he was excited about coming to the U-M Camp next week. But his life has taken a swerve - literally. GBW talked to Lamont about it yesterday.

The voice on the line was strong and happy. It was Salem, N.J. linebacker Lamont Robinson (PSU Nike stats: 6-2, 220 lbs., 4.29 sec. shuttle, 28 inch vertical jump, 20 bench press reps. ... 4.6 in the 40, 4.3 GPA/1070 SAT).

"I had a little car accident! I had to have arthroscopic surgery on my neck to stabilize one of the vertebrae."

What happened?

"I was at my grandma's, she lives in the country. I was driving to the grocery store, I was going 50-55 miles per hour, which was the speed limit."

"Suddenly a dog darted onto the road in front of me. It startled me and I swerved, and the car went off the road, through a fence, and into a lake! I got thrown from the car into the lake, and I blacked out. The car rolled over in the lake and submerged. A guy who saw what happened jumped into the lake and pulled me out!"

Tell us about the surgery.

"I was operated on by the surgeon for Giants and Jets, Dr. O'Leary. My uncle played for the Giants back in the 80's and he arranged it."

What is the outlook for your neck?

"The doctor says he expects a full recovery by the fall. I'll wear a neck brace until the end of July. Then they'll x-ray it, but I should be able to start working out then with a few restrictions. And I'll be back to 100% by the start of the season, and will be able to play as usual."

Have you heard from the colleges recruiting you?

"Michigan's Coach Sheridan was the first to contact me (by mail and through my coach), and Coach Sheridan's concern for me was impressive. His and Michigan's number one priority was my health."

"No one that had offered me has backed off, I've gotten nothing but love from everyone. And Michigan has been a real big part of that."

You sound positive about it all!

"Well, I feel great, I have no complaints. I still have my health, and I still have football."

"I feel very fortunate."

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