PITTSBURGH — Running untouched in front of the Seattle Seahawks offensive line, tackling an unsuspecting Drew Lock, linebacker Mark Robinson didn’t think to drop the ball. He was just trying to make a tackle, but instead landed a game-changing hit, one that gave the Pittsburgh Steelers a second chance at a win in their preseason opener.
“I was just trying to focus on getting the ball carrier,” Robinson said after the game. “I was hitting it and I knew if it came out we would get in there and play.”
Robinson’s sack and forced fumble came with 1:15 left in a tied game at 25, just after the Steelers turned the ball over on downs inside their own territory. Kenny Pickett and company mulliganed, scoring a game-winning touchdown with seconds left in the fourth quarter.
A crowd already buoyed by the debut of the team’s 2021 first-round pick Pickett was further energized by their seventh-round pick Robinson and his brutal sack. He noticed the energy was unusually high for the final frame of a pre-season game.
“It was a great feeling,” Robinson said. “We’re home, it put my team back on top and helped us win, so that’s all that matters.”
Robinson, a converted running back, called himself a “linebacker at heart” and proved it on this play. He was then mobbed by the veteran hosts on the sidelines.
“They loved it,” Robinson said. “They’re my guys, so every time I get the chance to go out there and do good, I know they’ll support me 1,000%. That’s the kind of team we have. .”
The turning point he created was a special moment, one Robinson thanks his coaches and teammates for helping to create. He gave an update on that fact after the game as he prepares to face the first round of training camp cuts.
“I came here trying to learn as much as possible as fast as possible,” Robinson said. “The veterans and coach Flores are doing a great job, so I’m just lucky to be here.”
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