PHILADELPHIA— Former Wolverine and Arena Football League standout Bryan Robinson broke the Philadelphia Soul's single-season record for sacks, defeating the Spokane Shock 62-48 Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center.
Robinson, a Caesar Rodney High School graduate, sacked Shock quarterback Kyle Rowley with five minutes and twenty seconds remaining in the third quarter for his tenth sack of the season, breaking Colorado University's Gabe Nyenhuis' 4-year-old record of 9.5. Robinson also tipped a pass intercepted by teammate Dusty Bear in the fourth quarter, preserving a 14-point lead for the Soul.
Robinson is a Defensive Player of the Year candidate who currently ranks third in the AFL with 10 sacks, second in tackles for loss (13.0), third in forced fumbles (five), and leads the AFL with a league record of seven blocked kicks. He is 14-3 on the season, setting a franchise record, winning seven games in a row, clinching the Eastern Division title, and maintaining a homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. The Souls plan to close out the regular season when they host the Utah Blaze on July 22.
Robinson attended Arizona Cardinals training camp and served several stints in the AFL, AF2, and UFL, in addition to anchoring Wesley's defense from 2004-2007 and leading the team to a 44-7 record, three trips to the NCAA Playoffs, and two trips to the national semifinals. During his senior year he led a team that advanced to the national quarterfinals and won both the Lambert-Meadowlands and ECAC Team of the Year Awards.
Robinson was named to the AP Little All-American First Team and the American Football Coaches Association All-American First Team in 2007. His selection to the D3football.com All-American First Team was his third selection by that outlet, as was his D3football.com All-South Region Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Robinson was also chosen as the ECAC All-Southwest Region Player of the Year, named All-ACFC First Team four times, and was a three-time ACFC Defensive Player of the Year. In his four seasons with the Wolverines, Robinson set program-records for sacks (47), tackles for loss (96.5), and forced fumbles (12).