Irish freshman wide receiver Corey Robinson turned heads in fall camp as a player who just seemed to catch everything that came his way.
Turning heads is a family trait. After all, Corey's dad David makes people turn their heads every second of the day. The 7-foot basketball Hall of Famer and NBA legend is impossible to miss on the Notre Dame sidelines. He's taking pictures, smiling and chatting with anyone that approaches him.
But for David, now it's about watching his son grow on the football field. Corey's also continuing to grow--literally in terms of height. He entered camp at 6'5" but says he's not sure if he's already a little taller than that. David shot up seven inches while in college at Navy. That's how the elder Robinson developed the nickname "The Admiral". David Robinson went on to an incredible NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs.
Irish fans have been waiting for Corey to shine on the football field after hearing all the pre-season talk. Corey's first moments of glory came this past Saturday against Michigan State when he caught three passes for 54 yards.
"This is so much fun," Corey said after the game. "I didn't know I was going to play college football until my junior year of high school and now to be out here in front of 81,000 screaming fans, it's unreal."
After chatting with reporters for the first time, Corey exited the media room and found his family. That's when he gave his mom Valerie a big hug but you can tell that hug with dad was a special one. It meant more on this night when Corey showed that flash of what's to come on the field.
"Oh it's great," David Robinson said moments after giving his son that big hug. "I'm very proud of him. It's fun to watch him find his own space and [tonight] was a nice little coming out party for him."
Corey was asked a ton of questions on Saturday about his dad. But the 18-year-old from San Antonio says he doesn't mind them at all.
"No, no. I love my dad and I love everything that he's done. It's so much fun to talk about him," Corey said with a big smile. "He's such a great guy. He's humble. He's such a hard worker. He loves what he does. He's so passionate with everything that he does. I'm so blessed to have him as my dad. I love talking about him."
Corey's younger brother Justin and Justin's best friend were also at the game. The only family member missing was Corey's big brother David Jr, who is in college at Texas.
Sounds like we will be talking about Irish Family Robinson for years to come.