By Tony Adams
Former West Texas A&M and Belton High School running back Khiry Robinson has spent the last six weeks in the New Orleans Saints’ training attempting to realize a dream that very few players from Belton High School football program have made true: making a National Football League roster.
His dream has come true: Robinson has made the 53-man roster for the Saints, surviving the final cut.
Robinson joins former Tigers Randy Winkler, Booker Russell and Ricky Sanders to have made their NFL dreams come true. Winkler played guard and tackle for Tarleton State, the Detroit Lions (1967), Atlanta Falcons (1968) and Green Bay Packers (1971). Russell was a running back for Southwest Texas State, the Oakland Raiders (1978-1979), San Diego Chargers (1980) and Philadelphia Eagles (1981). Sanders was a tight end, wide receiver and special teams returner for Southwest Texas State, the Washington Redskins (1986-1993) and Atlanta Falcons (1994-1995)
He will be joining former Heisman Trophy-winner Mark Ingram, second-year back Travaris Cadet and long-time NFL running backs Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas in the Saints’ running back stable.
Robinson will wear jersey number 29 in New Orleans.
The undrafted rookie played 21 games for the Buffaloes. He ran 350 for 2,341 yards and 26 touchdowns.
It is his 2012 performance that had scouts looking, carrying the ball 247 times for 1,654 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Robinson is also a legitimate threat catching passes out of the backfield as well. In his two years as a Buffalo, he caught 60 balls for 612 yards and six touchdowns.
His 2,252 total yards was not only one of the best in NCAA Division II in 2012, but the performance saw many scouts taking notes.
In 2013 in Saints camp, he ran the ball 49 times for 228 yards in four games, as well as catching 11 passes for 103 yards. In his final game against Miami, he ran the ball 22 times for 115 yards and caught six passes for 50 yards.