CHICAGO, Ill. – Former Wesley College football standout Bryan Robinson had a big week as he was named First Team All-Arena and his Philadelphia Soul defeated the Jacksonville Sharks, 75-59, to earn a trip to Arena Bowl XXVI on Saturday, August 17, at 1 pm.
Robinson, a graduate of Caesar Rodney High School in Camden, Del., earned his second-straight All-Arena nod after recording a franchise-record 11 sacks in 2013 along with six blocked kicks. His 17.5 tackles for loss were second in the AFL this season and he holds the league record with 18 blocked kicks and the Soul-record with 21.0 sacks.
Arena Bowl XXVI, which will be televised on the CBS Television Network, will be a rematch of last season's title game with the Soul and Arizona Rattlers, who defeated the Soul, 72-54, in Arena Bowl XXV. The teams have squared off twice this season with Arizona capturing victories in both contests.
Robinson, who has attended Arizona Cardinals training camp and has served several stints in the AFL, AF2 and UFL, anchored the Wesley defense from 2004 to 2007, leading the team to a 44-7 record, three trips to the NCAA Playoffs and two trips to the national semifinals. As a senior, 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. He was named All-ACFC First Team four times and was the ACFC Defensive Player of the Year three times.
In his four seasons with the Wolverines, Robinson set program-records for sacks (47), tackles for loss (96.5) and forced fumbles (12).