Dunta Robinson

Dunta Robinson
No. 23     Atlanta Falcons
Personal information
Date of birth: April 11, 1982 (1982-04-11) (age 29)
Place of birth: Athens, Georgia
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 184 lb (83 kg)
Career information
College: South Carolina
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Debuted in 2004 for the Houston Texans
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Tackles     393
Sacks     4.0
Interceptions     13
Stats at NFL.com

Willie Dunta Robinson (born April 11, 1982 in Athens, Georgia) is an American football cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons. He was drafted by the Houston Texans 10th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at South Carolina.


Early years

Robinson attended Clarke Central High School in Athens, Georgia and was a three-sport standout in football, basketball, and track. As a senior, on defense, he had four interceptions and eight passes defensed. On offense, he rushed for six touchdowns, and ran back a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns.

Professional career

Houston Texans

Robinson was drafted by the Houston Texans 10th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He immediately became a starter, starting all 16 games at right cornerback for the Texans his rookie season, recording 87 tackles and six interceptions. During the 2008 season, Robinson became the all-time Texans' interception leader passing Aaron Glenn with 13 career picks.

On February 19, 2009, Robinson became the first Texan in franchise history to be given the franchise tag.[1] Upset at receiving the tag, Robinson subsequently sat out all of Texans training camp before finally signing a one-year, $9.957 million tender a week before the 2009 NFL season began. In the Texans' first game against the New York Jets, Robinson's shoes bore the message "PAY ME RICK," directed at Texans' General Manager Rick Smith. Robinson was fined $25,000 by the NFL for wearing the shoes.[2]

Atlanta Falcons

On March 5, 2010, as a unrestricted free agent, Robinson signed a six-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons worth $57 million with $22.5 million in guaranteed money. According to NFL.com journalist Steve Wyche, it is the 2nd highest contract for a corner back in NFL history (only behind Nnamdi Asomugha).

Robinson was fined $50,000 for an illegal hit on a defenseless player when he hit Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson on October 17, 2010, in Philadelphia.[3]

On September 18, 2011, Robinson made another illegal helmet-to-helmet hit on Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin.[4] The NFL fined him $40,000.[5]


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