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NFL to Cycling: Former Titan Eddie Robinson Still Competitive


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When Eddie Robinson's playing days with the Titans ended in 2001, he looked like a rugged linebacker.

Robinson returned for Homecoming Weekend looking like a basketball player.

The reason: Cycling.

Robinson, who played eight seasons with the organization and was a starting linebacker on the Super Bowl XXXIV team, cycles roughly 200 miles a week on the streets of Houston, where he lives.

It keeps his competitive juices flowing.

Approximately 80 former Titans return to Nissan Stadium for the team's 2017 Alumni Weekend. (Photos: Donn Jones Photograpy)

Robinson is now roughly 215 pounds, down 25-30 pounds from his playing days.

He was among roughly 80 former Titans who returned over the weekend.

"I cycle about 4-5 days a week, and I eat right. Plus, I was blessed to not have any major, major injuries," said Robinson, 47. "I do a (cycling) class, but I am long distance, about 60 to 80 mile (rides), stuff like that.

"On a good week, I probably get about 200 miles a week … on the streets of Houston. And I am with a group. So it is like a big group ride. And it kind of gives you that level of competitiveness, because of course you are trying to leave the guy you are next to.

"I have been over to the Tour de France, so I am all into it to be honest with you."

Robinson played from 1998-2001 in Tennessee, and he played from 1992-95 after being drafted by the Houston Oilers. He also played for the Jaguars and Bills during his 11-year NFL career.

Robinson played in 64 games in Tennessee. He racked up 85 tackles, 23 sacks and six interceptions during his NFL career.

He said it was special being back in Nashville with his two sons, surrounded by many of his former teammates. Safety Blaine Bishop, cornerback Samari Rolle, linebacker Greg Favors, receiver Joey Kent, receiver Kevin Dyson, center Kevin Long, quarterback Neil O'Donnell, guard Zach Piller and receiver Chris Sanders were among those back from the Super Bowl team. Former Oilers/Titans running back Mike Archie, who spent the 1999 season on IR, also took part in the festivities.

"Just driving up the facility and seeing the stadium after so many years away, it just kind of brings back all of the good memories you have," Robinson said. "And of course you think of all the players you played with, and that's what really made it special, the teammates that you had."

He was impressed by all the changes inside the facility, at Saint Thomas Sports Park, from the locker room to the hallways to the new weight room and training room.

"Of course that is important because it makes the players feel at home," he said. "Me driving up here, you start thinking about all the hours you spend here. I mean, it's a seven-day-a-week job for eight straight months. But it's all worth it. You miss the players and of course the fans and the atmosphere and those are the memories you always cherish. I have great memories from my time here."

More than 80 former Titans return to Saint Thomas Sports Park as part of the team's 2017 Alumni Weekend festivities. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

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