Jeff Kolpack, Published June 22 2012
Sons of Bison Hall of Famer Stacy Robinson attend NDSU’s football camp
They came to Fargo to walk the path that their father walked in college. It didn’t take long for the sons of former North Dakota State football star Stacy Robinson to hear the legacy.
It hasn’t been the easiest of years for 16-year-old Marquis Robinson and 15-year-old Myles Robinson. They lost their father to cancer at the age of 50 in May. Long before he passed away, the boys say it was their father’s hope that someday they would attend the NDSU football camp.
That day has arrived. On Friday, the day after they arrived for the Bison football camp, the Robinson boys already heard plenty about how much they look like their father.
“I can see why he liked it here,” said Marquis, a cornerback and running back at James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, Md. “I’ve never been here and I wanted to find out for myself the experience that dad had here.”
It was quite the experience. Stacy Robinson was a standout wide receiver in the 1980s and is a member of the Bison Hall of Fame. He’s better known on the East Coast as a former NFL receiver for the New York Giants.
Myles said he’ll never forget all the times the boys talked football with their dad. They used to watch film together.
That’s another big reason they came to the Bison camp: To learn more about their positions. Myles played freshman football and was called up to the varsity after that season ended last year at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Md.
Both boys are on extended football tours this summer. They’ve been to camps at the University of North Carolina, University of Virginia, Duke and Maryland.
NDSU, obviously, is a bit outside of the box of those four. Both say they’re moving on from the fact their father couldn’t make the trip back to his alma mater.
“It’s hard,” Myles said. “But we’re coming through it. We just have to stay strong and remember all the good things he did for us.”
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