The Atlanta Falcons went against the norm in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, as they selected Bijan Robinson with the No. 8 overall pick. Robinson became the first running back to be drafted in the top 10 since the New York Giants acquired Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Robinson will once again play for a team called the Falcons. The former Texas standout revealed during his introductory press conference with Atlanta on Friday that his first Pop Warner team was the Tucson Falcons.
“That was a fun time playing with them,” Robinson said. “We stole every slogan from the Falcons. We were the Dirty Birds. That was my first team right there. … It was all in God’s plan.”
Robinson took to Twitter on Friday to share of photo of himself during his time with the Tucson Falcons.
Like I said God had it written all along! So happy to get rollin with the @AtlantaFalcons #biablessing pic.twitter.com/Ldw7UdRKii
— Bijan Robinson (@Bijan5Robinson) April 28, 2023
Robinson later went on to make a name for himself during his four-year run at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tuscon, Arizona, where he played varsity football each season. The all-around running back recorded an astounding 7,036 rushing yards and 103 rushing touchdowns in his high school football career.
Robinson earned interest from a multitude of powerhouse schools, and in the end, he decided to take his talents to Texas, where he wound up bolstering his NFL Draft stock.
Robinson is set to join a Falcons running backs group that features the likes of Tyler Allgeier and Cordarrelle Patterson. Atlanta ranked at third in rushing yards per game last season with a 159.9 mark.
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