Updated: Oct 10, 2022
Every week, across several sports, players around the DMV shine in individual performance. Every Monday, I’d like to take a minute to highlight some of those performances, including what I view as the best performance and name that athlete the “DMV Star of the Week.”
This week’s DMV Star of the Week is Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr.
There will never be an easier pick for DMV Star of the Week, and it has nothing to do with what happened on the field.
On August 28, Robinson, a rookie 2022 third round pick out of Alabama, was shot multiple times in an attempted carjacking in D.C. At that time, Robinson’s well-being and safety were the only priorities. Would he recover, let alone ever play football again?
Not only did he recover from his injuries quickly, but he made his NFL debut exactly six weeks later for the Commanders in a matchup with the Tennessee Titans.
Photo: AP/Alex Brandon
It was an emotional scene as Robinson took the field Sunday, not only because of his immaculate recovery time, but also because his lifelong dream of being in the NFL was finally coming true.
“That was one of those remarkable feelings,” Robinson said following a 21-17 loss to Tennessee. “I can’t even really explain it…I’m just so blessed to be back out there with all the fans, the team, everybody involved.”
Robinson actually led the Commanders in rushing on Sunday, although he only had 22 yards on 9 carries. Nonetheless, the future is clearly bright for Robinson, who dazzled coaches in camp before suffering his injuries.
“Now that part is over,” Commanders head coach Ron Rivera said, talking about Robinson’s emotional debut. “We know he is ready to roll.”
The DMV saw six teams in action this past week, including The Washington Commanders, Washington Nationals, D.C. United, Maryland football team, and preseason action for The Capitals and The Wizards.
Here are some honorable mention performances for DMV Star of the Week:
Maryland wide receiver Corey Dyches had four receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns for the Terps in Saturday’s 31-29 loss to Purdue.
Commanders second-year wide receiver Dyami Brown had two receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s heartbreaking 21-17 loss to Tennessee. The touchdown grabs were his first and second ever scores of his career.
Commanders defensive end Montez Sweat recorded two sacks on Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill in Sunday’s loss, his first two sacks of 2022.
Here’s what’s coming up this week in DMV Sports:
10/13 @ Chicago on Thursday Night Football
10/12 vs. Boston (season opener)
10/13 @ Toronto
10/15 vs. Montreal
Preseason: 10/10 @ Charlotte
Preseason: 10/14 @ New York
Howard University Football:
10/15 vs. Howard (Audi Field - Truth & Service Classic)
10/15 @ Indiana
D.C. United’s season concluded on October 9. D.C. finished with a record of 7-6-21 (wins-ties-losses), the worst in MLS.
The Washington Spirit season concluded on October 1. The Spirit finished the season with a record of 3-10-9 (wins-ties-losses).
The Washington Nationals season concluded on October 5. The Nats finished with a record of 55-107, the worst in all of baseball.