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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Ruskell, Robinson explain unlikely reunion

By Mike Sando

Posted by's Mike Sando

Seahawks president Tim Ruskell and newly signed receiver Koren Robinson just finished a conference call with reporters. A few highlights:

Robinson said he has been sober since August 2006. He said he has been married for two years. He has two boys, ages 6 and 2, and a daughter on the way. He said he doesn't go out to clubs any more and he doesn't "run with an entourage or a group of people or negative people" any longer. He credited a recommitment to his faith, including the one-week getaway in which he encountered Hasselbeck, as one key to his sobriety.

Ruskell acknowledged he is taking a risk. He recommitted to the principles that precipitated Robinson's departure from the team in 2005. He said the current "little crisis" at receiver led him to take a harder look at Robinson than he ever would have otherwise.

Ruskell: "Initially, when our coaches brought it up, I was against it just because everybody knows what our commitment is philosophically in terms of character. ... Once we started doing our research ... we started hearing favorable things that kind of verified what Matt had been saying about this being a different Koren. The more people we talked to ... the way he had changed his life in terms of his marriage and his kids and what was important to him as opposed to a different set of priorities when he was here earlier, that started the thing moving in a different direction."