Seattle Seahawks Running Back
Weight: 222 lbs
DOB: December 2nd, 1989
POB: Fremont, California
Robert Turbin always put family first, except for when football could help save his biggest fan.
Turbin had a different upbringing than most. As a child, his older sister Trina, who had suffered from multiple sclerosis died at age 21. His other older sister Tiffany, 32, was born with a severe form of cerebral palsy and has been in a wheelchair her entire life.
There have been many fans along the way, but Robert Turbin‘s biggest fan happened to be his older brother Lonnie.
Lonnie was trapped in an ugly life; a heroin addict in the projects of Oakland.
When the star sophomore was continuously late to after school practices, his coach Bob Spain addressed the issue with him, only to discover Turbin would run home to meet his sister when a bus dropped her off, then he would stay with her until another family member came home so he could then attend football practice.
He is the definition of selfless.
He also was a man with a plan.
The plan was once he was drafted to the NFL, he would bring Lonnie with him, so he could be around him and keep him out of trouble.
Tragically, on February 6, approximately 2 and a half months before the NFL Draft, Lonnie was shot and killed.
After four seasons playing for the Utah State Aggies, Robert Turbin was drafted with the eleventh pick in the fourth round by the Seahawks in this past NFL Entry Draft.
Turbin finished his senior season with 1517 rushing yards, ranking 10th in NCAA Division 1 FBS.
He also finished first in the Western Athletic Conference in touchdowns, with 19.
Style of Play
Using a mid-round pick on a running back may have surprised the casual fan, especially with Marshawn Lynch recently inking a new 4 year, 31 million dollar contract. But running backs shelf-lives have shorten extensively recently, and Turbin is too good to pass up.
He goes by the nickname ‘Hulk’, so he will fit in nicely with ‘Beast Mode’ in the Seahawk backfield. The consensus is that his fall to the fourth round was based on a torn ACL he suffered in 2010.
There are also concerns about his vision and ball carrying in the open field.
Some teams were reported as not being sold on him succeeding outside of a zone blocking scheme, but luckily that is what Tom Cable runs in Seattle.
We can expect a third down role for Turbin in his rookie season, and also an extremely violent collision the first time the ‘Hulk’ and Patrick Willis meet on the goal line.
You can also check out his twitter account to keep tabs on him during the season.