Robinson says "Not My Legacy… Our Legacy"

Robinson says "Not My Legacy… Our Legacy"

After Michigan's 33-28 loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl, Denard Robinson reflected upon the game, his career, and passed a message along to the Wolverine fans that have supported him throughout. **With video**

Question: Denard, can you describe your emotions, now that it’s over?

Denard Robinson: “It’s a bittersweet feeling, I mean, that’s my family, that’s my brothers. I’ve known them for four years. I’d do whatever for the boys, and I still love them, and still care about them.”

Question: Was your role about what you thought it would be today, as far as running the ball?

Denard Robinson: “It was just what I thought it was going to be, and I tried to make the most of it. I tried to go 100% every time I go out on the field.”

Question: You set the NCAA record for rushing yards by a quarterback. What does that mean to you?

Denard Robinson: “I don’t know, I can’t describe it. I really don’t worry about that. I worry about winning the game, and that was the biggest thing, just winning the game.”

Question: What’s going through your mind when you saw the last touchdown by South Carolina?

Denard Robinson: “Man, you know what, we’d been in the position to give it to other guys, and it happened to us today, so hats off to them; they played a great game, and we did too.”

Question: The guys coming back next year, what do you hope they’ll take from this season?

Denard Robinson: “Every time they step on the field, go 100%, and keep growing closer as a team and as a family… and that’s from the season, just keep growing closer.”

Question: Do you leave with any regrets at all?

Denard Robinson: “Oh no, that’s one thing about me, I try not to have any regrets. I mean, I’m going to go 100%, and I’m going to do what I have to do that, so no regrets.”

Question: What about the hit by Clowney, and the fumble?

Denard Robinson: “I didn’t fumble.”

Question: But just the –

Denard Robinson: “I mean, he’s a great player, he’s a great player, and he makes plays. We tried to contain him for a while, and then he got two good plays in, and hats off to him, he’s a great player.”

Question: They made a lot of big plays. Did you guys feel like you could pop a few more big plays on them, and –

Denard Robinson: “Oh yeah, oh yeah, a couple times we slipped down, couple times we dropped the ball, a couple times – you know, it’s football, you’re going to make mistakes, but you have to go with it, no regrets. Like I said before, what happened in the past happened in the past, and you can’t dwell on it.”

Question: Even though you guys didn’t win, is this the type of game you guys wanted for the last game? A fun back-and-forth game for your final college game?

Denard Robinson: “We knew it was going to be a fourth quarter game, and it was going to come down to the fourth quarter, and that’s what we just kept doing, we just kept going, and going hard, and trying to continue to fight, and went 100% every time we got a chance, and it came down to the end of the game, and we ended up getting the win.”

Question: You haven’t had a chance to think about it, but do you think at all about what position you’ll be playing in the NFL?

Denard Robinson: “No, right now, I’m just celebrating – well, not celebrating, but just being with my teammates, and just hanging out with them, and it’s our final time to be around each other like this.”

Question: Do you feel like you showed you could be versatile, though, today? Do a lot of different things, maybe?

Denard Robinson: “Well, you guys watched it. I can’t be the judge until I watch film.”

Question: On his team’s resolve after getting down early...

Denard Robinson: “We had to keep fighting, and they came out victorious. We kept fighting. That’s one thing you can say about Michigan, we kept fighting, and you didn’t see anybody not going 100%, so we kept fighting, that’s all I can say.”

Question: Denard, you might have answered this already, but what do you feel like your legacy is?

Denard Robinson: “I don’t know, man. I feel like, I don’t know, this team is not my legacy… that’s our legacy, not mine, and you know, one thing about this team, and these teams, we always came to play every time we had a chance to step on the field. We played Michigan football, and that’s what we always want to do, is just play Michigan football.”

Question: But do you look back at your career amazed at what you did, or did you kind of expect it?

Denard Robinson: “I told someone earlier, I would never imagine that I would have done the things that I did. I would never imagine that I would have been in the Big House, or have everybody wear my jersey, I never would have imagined that, but I’m happy, you know, it’s a dream come true for me. I mean, a little guy coming from Deerfield Beach, Florida, and coming to Michigan, and being one of the faces of the team.”

Question: Any message for the fans? You’re such a popular guy. Do you have any message for them here in your final game?

Denard Robinson: “I love them, and we appreciate them, and hope they’ll be cheering for the team next year. You know, we have the best fan base ever, and they always come to travel, and they always come down and support us, and we love y’all, and continue to root for us, Go Blue.”

Question: How do you think Devin did today?

Denard Robinson: “Devin did great. I mean, he kept his composure most of the time, and I enjoy watching him out there play, because he’s a great athlete, and being along side of him. He made some great plays, you know, he made a  lot of good plays that we needed him to, and he stepped up to the plate and did what he had to do.”

Question: Who or what do you think becomes the face of this team?

Denard Robinson: “I can’t tell you that. It’s a team game. I don’t like saying it’s one person. It’s a team game. You can never say it’s just one person, it’s a team game, and you can’t change that.”

Question: But you’re the one guy that had 101% of your team’s total yards in one game this year. You seem to be more of that one guy team as we’ve seen in college football, so that’s a pretty large void to fill, don’t you think?

Denard Robinson: “I still don’t think that, because if I didn’t have those lineman blocking the way they do, I can’t do anything, that’s the first thing, and then when it comes down the receivers catching the ball, those guys went up and got the ball, and they always made plays for me, and that’s the truth. It’s a team game. "

Question: You said you don’t know what your legacy is. What would you like it to be? When people are, five years from now, thinking back on Denard Robinson and Michigan, what do you want them to remember?

Denard Robinson: “I want them to remember whatever they want to remember. I mean, the ups and downs. I know I’m going to remember the downs an ups, so it’s always going to be a bittersweet feeling because I’m leaving… that was my home for four years.”

Question: What do you make of the season, with five losses, and the bowl game, but you beat some good teams, too. What do you make of it? Is this a season of success or failure?

Denard Robinson: “You come up to Michigan all the time, and you know that our goal is to win the Big Ten, so that was a failure right there, so it was a fail, but one things I can say, we went 100% every time we stepped on the field.”

Question: Was it enjoyable for you to be on the field with Gardner?

Denard Robinson: “Oh yeah, a lot of quarterbacks wouldn’t have the opportunity I had, having an arm messed up, and not being able to throw the ball, so …”

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