HENRICO (WRIC) - It wasn't "Go Blue Devils" Friday at Varina High, but "Go Seahawks."
The school celebrated Michael Robinson Day - highlighted by a video message to students from Robinson himself:
"Continue to stay in your books. I've been where you are right now. All your dreams are possible as long as you dream though."
Students responded by wearing Seahawks gear and signing good luck banners for the Super Bowl.
As the video played on loop on school TVs, it was reminder for some that actually knew him in high school.
"He was one of those kids that was always doing the right thing, always in the right place," says Stanly Cuffee. "You never found him doing anything negative."
Robinson graduated Varina in 2001. He was a star in high school who then went on to Penn State and is now a pro-bowl fullback on the way to his first Super Bowl.
"He was just a regular guy. But when he was on the football field, he was just something else."
Despite all his accomplishments, Robinson has remained active in the Varina community. He holds an annual free football camp at the school and continues to find ways to help Varina students become successful.
"The way he conducts himself on the field, off the field," says Asst. Principal Cody Streightiff. Just very proud to associate him with Varina High School."
"I thank you for all of your support," Robinson said in the video. "Go Blue Devils."
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