By David A. Willauer
Special to The Capital Sports Report
Philadelphia, PA – The Philadelphia Soul have advanced to the 2012 Arena Bowl after they defeated the Jacksonville Sharks for the American Conference Championship 89-34 and will be played in New Orleans, Louisiana tonight on the NFL Network against the Arizona Rattlers.
Bryan Robinson, a former product out of Caesar Rodney High School lettered in football under former head coach John Coveleski, where they were defeated in the semifinal round of the Delaware 2003 Division I State High School Football tournament by a 35-20 score. Also, Bryan lettered in wrestling, where he was a 2-time state wrestling champion under current head coach Dickie Howell.
“Playing at Caesar Rodney were tough situations lost to Newark in semifinal round of the Division I football tournament,” said Robinson. “In wrestling, I came through it every time Coach Howell has taught me everything that I had to know to become a better wrestler and made me one of the best heavyweight wrestlers in the state of Delaware.”
After graduating from Caesar Rodney High School, nicknamed B-Rob enrolled at Wesley College, a Division III school in Dover, DE closer to his hometown. While at Wesley under head coach Mike Drass, he played on the defensive line for four years racked up 92.5 total tackles and 47.5 sacks both ACFC and school records. He was named ACFC first team four-time and ACFC defensive player of the year three times.
“Playing at Wesley College under head coach Mike Drass we had a lot of success,” said Robinson. “I did very well with the team but when it came to the Division III Playoffs, we couldn’t get over the hump where we were defeated by Wisconsin Whitewater in the semifinal roundup in Wisconsin which a colder environment.”
After graduating from Wesley College with a degree in Physical Education and Sports Management, B-Rob signed as an undrafted rookie with the Arizona Cardinals in 2008 and was released later in the year. In 2009, he was signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League and was put on their practice squad. In the same year, B-Rob was signed by the New York Sentinels of the United Football League and had a good season.
“I played in the United Football League for the New York Sentinels we played our games at Citi Field where the Mets play baseball,” said Robinson. “I got involved in playing Arena Football League while deciding what to do so I went to the Arena Football League II, where I played in a smaller market city in Manchester, NH turned onto a new brand of football – this is where it got me today.”
B-Rob tried his hand at the Arena League Football, in 2010 he signed a contract with the Milwaukee Mustangs and was released and later was picked up by the Cleveland Gladiators. In 2011, he signed with the Kansas City Command. While with KC, he contributed with the following statistics, 29.5 tackles, 26 solo, 15 tackles along with 9 QB sacks. He also won the co-Defensive Player of the Week after recording four tackles, four sacks one block kick performance vs. the Spokane Shock in week 12.
“Difference in arena football is so much quicker than regular football, your move and thought the process has to be quicker and you have to focus hard and to learn where the plays are,” said Robinson.
In 2012, B-Rob signed with the Philadelphia Soul, which was his dream come true and has contributed to the squad in tackles, tackles for losses and quarterback sacks.
“Best performance lot of opportunists and I am blessed to be where I am at this year,” said Robinson. “I have a job to do.”
Robinson looks to help the Soul win their second ArenaBowl Championship in the past four years with a win over the Rattlers.