It’s been well documented why the Falcons drafted Bijan Robinson with the 8th overall pick.
The club obviously valued what he can bring on the field — a dynamic offensive weapon who is just as effective as a receiver as he is a runner. What’s become more clear in the months since he joined the franchise is the intangibles the regime was attracted to.
What sold the club on the Texas product was Bijan Robinson, the person. Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith have raved about his character and other intangibles since draft night.
First off, he’s incredibly marketable. Billboards around Atlanta will soon feature Robinson’s face, and #7 will become one of the most-sold jerseys in the NFL. The reason he chose the number just adds to the Golden Boy mystique. “My reason was, it’s biblical, my faith is the biggest thing for me,” Bijan said, via the team’s website.
Secondly, there’s genuine love in his heart for his teammates. Chris Lindstrom said following an OTA from Mercedes Benz Stadium that the rookie texted the offensive linemen shortly after being drafted, saying he was excited to work with them. Lindstrom noted that he couldn’t recall that happening before, adding that Robinson “has been amazing to have in the building.”
Thirdly, he not only talks the talk but walks the walk. Robinson appeared on “It Needed To Be Said” with Tyreek Hill, where he stated the first thing he did upon signing his Falcons contract was get with his accountant to make sure every year of his salary was tithed, which donates 10% of a person’s income to the church.
Regardless of your religious affiliations, this is impressive stuff. And if religion isn’t your thing, he voiced his support for Reggie Bush‘s Heisman being returned to the USC legend, which I think a lot of people agree with. He says all of the right things, and it’s becoming obvious why the Falcons coveted him.
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