RTC: Robinson makes, keeps promise

September, 2, 2013
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Denard Robinson carries a heavy burden with him on the football field: a promise to a deceased older brother.

Robinson was 10 years old when 11-year-old Timothy Robinson died from internal bleeding after suffering persistent stomach aches. Denard Robinson still isn't quite sure what happened and he has never questioned his parents about his brother's death, but that doesn't really matter any more.

What does is Robinson's pledge to his brother that he would find a way to help provide for his family.

"I promised him I’d make sure they didn’t have to struggle anymore," Robinson said told Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union.

That promise is what drove Robinson throughout high school, at Michigan and now as a rookie "offensive weapon" with the Jaguars.

Here are some other pieces of content from around the web in the Jaguars' version of Reading the Coverage on Labor Day:

Here is ESPN.com's Jaguars preview, which includes a section in which a panel of experts predicts where the team will finish in the AFC South. Remember, one of the first posts on the Jaguars blog was my season prediction.

The Jaguars were awarded seven players off waivers on Sunday, and general manager Dave Caldwell said it was to add speed and address what had been poor special-teams play in the preseason, writes Ryan O'Halloran of the Times-Union.

The Jaguars are next to last in Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com's first power poll of the season.

And just because I'm a bit of a conspiracy buff myself, here's the USA Today story on former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' belief that the blackout at the Super Bowl was not a coincidence and that it may have been done to help San Francisco regroup.

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ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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