Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Robinson Caught Break Getting in Jags Booth

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Robinson Caught Break Getting in Jags Booth

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Sometimes, luck has a way of evening out over time.

Although he's a die-hard Georgia Bulldog -- his office at

Jacksonville Municipal Stadium includes a ceramic bulldog

urinating on a ceramic alligator -- Matt Robinson didn't exactly

catch a break during his years at the University of Georgia.

A strong-armed passer who would go on to a respectable

professional career, Robinson found himself playing for Vince

Dooley, a conservative coach who preferred a rundominated offense.

The starting quarterback and leading passer in the Southeastern

Conference his sophomore year, Robinson broke a rib in preseason

his junior year and lost his starting position to Ray Goff, an

inferior passer who was a tough runner and a heady leader.

Robinson still saw a fair amount of playing time in his last two

years, but it was Goff who got the bulk of the glory during that

era of the Junkyard Dogs.

In 1994, things evened out for Robinson, who, after retiring

from the USFL's Jacksonville Bulls in 1984, settled here to go

into real estate and later public relations.

Robinson had become friendly with Wayne Weaver during Weaver's

campaign to secure a professional football team for

Jacksonville. At Weaver's recommendation, Peter Scheurmier, then

the Jaguars' vice president for broadcasting and creative

services, approached Robinson and asked if he was interested in

working in the Jaguars' radio booth.

For Robinson it was a golden, but completely unexpected,

opportunity. "It's one of those things I always wanted to get

into," he said.

But it's also a profession where supply -- in terms of people

who would like to do it -- far exceeds demand -- in terms of

jobs available. "I was in the right place at the right time,"

Robinson said. "What I really feel is that God has blessed me."

During the 1994 football season, Brian Sexton, Deron Cherry and

Robinson, the trio who would become the Jaguars' broadcast team,

went to Miami and taped a broadcast of a Dolphins game against

the Oakland Raiders. In effect, Robinson was auditioning for the

job. …

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