Brian Robison works on more than just tackling quarterbacks

Leah Vann

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison has received recent attention both on and off the field.

Robison has recorded 21 tackles this season, including one sack. He’s added pressure on the quarterback this season for 20 plays. Robison credits this added pressure to his “redefined path” to the quarterbacks, which shortens the distance he travels to the quarterback.

Robison is a Longhorn alum from the 2005 National Championship team. He ranks 12th in school history in tackles for loss and tied the record for four blocked kicks in a single-season in 2003. He also won the Big 12 title in shot put in 2004 and ranks third among the farthest discus throws in UT history.
Robison has also made a name off the field in yet another professional sport and charity.

In college, Robison was a prominent track and field athlete in addition to playing football, but recently, he’s made a career in competitive fishing. After competing in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic, Robison continues to sharpen his fishing skills in hopes of eventually retiring his football career for a professional fishing career.

This year, Robison announced he will be combining his passion for fishing and philanthropy to start his own nonprofit organization, The Reel ‘Em In Foundation. Starting in 2016, Robison will host two annual fishing tournaments in Minnesota and Texas to raise money for one designated charity per tournament. In 2016, the proceeds will go toward K9s4Cops, which provides dogs to law enforcement agencies, school districts and college campuses to help detect narcotics and weapons. Robison and his wife will continue to research other organizations to support in the future. The first tournament will take place at Lake Fork in Texas on April 9–10.