A Super Bowl Cautionary Tale

Each year when the Super Bowl rolls around, it’s hard not to think of former Atlanta Falcons safety Eugene Robinson.

On February 1, 1999, Robinson, a devout Christian,  was awarded the Athletes in Action Bart Starr Award given annually to the player who “best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community.”

That night in receiving the award, Robinson spoke about the central importance of family in his life and his call from God to lead and defend them. That was February 1.

The next night – the night prior to Super Bowl XXXIII – Robinson was arrested by an undercover police officer for soliciting a prostitute.

Robinson gave back the award and the Falcons lost to the Denver Broncos 34-19.

Of course Robinson wishes that night never happened and has repented and apologized. It’s certainly an example of God using for good that which was planned for evil.

If you’d like to hear him talk about what happened and where he is in his life, you’ll be able to hear the interview here: (“My lust crushed me…”)

Former Falcon Eugene Robinson Talks With Pro Football Today

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The New York Times February 2, 1999 story



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