The Des Moines Register published a letter to the editor on Feb. 6 from Brett Walderbach (click here to see it) about former Iowa running back Adam Robinson. In today’s (Feb. 26) Register, a rebuttal written by Robinson’s mother, Sally Robinson, was published.
Robinson was suffered a concussion during the season. He missed part of a game afterward because of what Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz called “academic indigestion.” He was suspended before the Hawkeyes’ bowl trip to Arizona, was arrested in Des Moines for marijuana possession, and was dismissed from the squad on Jan. 3. He was Iowa’s leading rusher in the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Excerpts from Sally Robinson’s letter, which you can see in its entirety here at the Register’s site:
As the accumulation of the hits and the concussions took control of (Adam’s) body and mind, affecting his academics, his problem-solving skills, his performance on the field, his ability to cope with the demands on his time, and his health — he began to founder. The second chance that Adam really needed was guidance and direction. He was told he was fine — his brain was healed — but he wasn’t. He didn’t understand what was going on — why some symptoms continued when he should have been back to a pre-concussed state. …
Had there been a collective effort to monitor him medically, academically and psychologically, they would have been able to determine that Adam needed help — not because he didn’t value his team, not because he didn’t value his chances — but because he was suffering mentally.
— Sally Robinson, Des Moines
Adam Robinson has publicly apologized for his arrest, and said he hopes Ferentz will reopen the door for him to rejoin the program. No indication that will ever happen has been forthcoming.
I’m not sure Sally Robinson’s letter will help her son attain that goal. But I’m also not sure Robinson ever had a chance of coming back as it was.