"I chose them because they called me early, they were showing interest all along," Robinson said.
Robinson said his agent — Jack Mills, out of Boulder, Colo. — knows Daniel Rooney, the Steelers' owner, and that contributed a lot to his decision to sign with the Steelers.
"It seemed like a real personal connection with them, they really made an impression on me," Robinson said.
Even though he wasn't chosen by a team in Saturday and Sunday's draft selection, Robinson said it was almost a blessing in disguise.
"It is almost better, I think, that if you don't go in the first three rounds to just remain a free agent," Robinson said. "I may have not gone quickly, but at least I was presented with the chance to pick the team that suited me."
Robinson said the money is something that is always alluring, and he is glad that his football talents may pay off for him soon.
"If you go in the early rounds, you are guaranteed a lot of money, but I would rather take my pick of teams that benefit my needs as a player and person instead of just going wherever someone sends me," he said. "The money you get with being a top-draft pick is nice, I guess, but I am really happy this way, too."
In his senior season with the Cowboys, Robinson was the defensive captain of the squad. In OSU's near-victory in Austin Oct. 5, Robinson notched nine solo tackles, 12 total. Against No. 3 Oklahoma Nov. 30, the linebacker recorded 11 tackles — nine solo.
"There are a lot of emotions going through my head right now, for sure," Robinson said. "I am more excited than anything. Believe it or not, just going to the camp and developing a relationship with them is the greatest part."
If he makes the Steelers' roster, Robinson will join another OSU standout, Jason Gildon — a two-time Pro Bowl selection — in a Pittsburgh uniform.
Gildon, a former Cowboy defensive end who is currently second on Pittsburgh's all-time sack list (71), was selected by the Steelers in the third round of the 1994 draft.
"I feel like they are the best defensive team, and I consider it such a privilege that I can have this chance," Robinson said.
Concluding his collegiate campaign with a Houston Bowl victory is an experience that Robinson said he will never forget. He posted a seven-tackle performance in the Cowboys' win over Southern Miss Dec. 27.
But now, it is time to make new memories, Robinson said.
"All I wanted was the chance to prove myself, and I did it," he said. "I went out there and now here I am — this couldn't be more exciting. My dream is coming true."
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