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Arlington Heights’ A’Shawn Robinson goes to Detroit in the second round

Alabama’s A’Shawn Robinson, a graduate of Arlington Heights, poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and former NFL player Herman Moore after being selected by the Detroit Lions in the second round Friday night.
Alabama’s A’Shawn Robinson, a graduate of Arlington Heights, poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and former NFL player Herman Moore after being selected by the Detroit Lions in the second round Friday night. AP

Former Arlington Heights standout A’Shawn Robinson of Alabama is officially in the NFL.

The Detroit Lions selected Robinson in the second round, the 46th overall pick, of the NFL Draft Friday night night at Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.

“I’m ready to play football,” Robinson said.

Robinson was invited to Chicago for the draft, but had to sit through the first round Thursday night without being drafted.

It all changed on Friday.

“It was a little nerve-racking,” he said. “God has a plan and that’s his plan for me.”

Coming out of high school, he received scholarships to play football and basketball, but chose football and Alabama.

In three years at Alabama, two as a starter, he finished with 133 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, and nine sacks.

He is versatile, having split time between the nose tackle and five-technique spots. He was a consensus All-American and was named a finalist for the Outland Trophy.

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