Robinson makes his choice

Nate Robinson, the heralded freshman two-sport star at the University of Washington, has decided to give up his scholarship to play football for the Huskies and concentrate on basketball. This comes on the first day of spring practice for the football team.

Nate was forced to make a choice after commitments were handed down from both the football and basketball programs. In the end, his heart went with hoops.

"Nate's not going to be playing football," Washington head football coach Rick Neuheisel told Dave 'Softy' Mahler on KJR 950 Thursday afternoon. "He hemmed and hawed about it and we enjoyed having Nate play on the football team. But if anybody who has played this game knows, can't be half-way in. It requires your full attention and your full commitment. You've gotta love football.

"And if you don't you're better off getting ready for basketball season."

Added co-defensive coordinator Tim Hundley, on with KJR afternoon host Dave Grosby, "Nate's just a winner, and it would have been really nice to have him around."

Nate played in all 13 football games last fall for the Huskies, including starts in his last 6. In those 6 games he had two interceptions and 34 total tackles. He was the recipient of the Travis Spring Memorial Most Outstanding Freshman Award at the team's post-season banquet. Robinson was also named to The Sporting News' freshman All Pac-10 team.

Playing for head basketball coach Lorenzo Romar, Nate led the Huskies in scoring at 13.0 points per game. He started in 10 of the 23 games he played and was named to the Pac-10 basketball all-freshman team.
Thank you to Dave 'Softy' Mahler, Dave Grosby and Matt 'Stretch' Johnson of KJR 950AM for their help with this story.

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