ELF: Munich Ravens Sign 1st Ever Player in Former Clemson Tiger Darius Robinson

The Munich Ravens have made history by signing their first-ever player in Euro-football veteran and former Clemson Tiger Darius Robinson.

Robinson played with former Swarco Raiders quarterback and current Ravens Director of Sports Operations Sean Shelton back in 2019 so there is a connection with the veteran defender and the new ELF franchise. Munich Raven’s new head coach John Shoop is thrilled to have Robinson be Munich’s first-ever player signing.

“Darius Robinson does so many things right on the football field. As a defender, he can play man and zone coverage. Additionally, he is very physical against the run. He also has great ability to return punts and kicks.” 

During the 2022 season, the 5’11”, 185 pound 30-year-old Robinson from Atlanta, Georgia recorded 31 tackles, five pass breakups, and one tackle for a loss. Robinson also was a dangerous player on special teams racking up 1,039 yards and one touchdown on kick and punt returns, earning himself an ELF All-Star nod.

The season prior, Robinson was an integral part of the Wroclaw Panthers playoff run in the inaugural season of the European League of Football. Playing in 11 games Robinson made 31 tackles, four tackles for a loss, and eight pass breakups to go along with three interceptions for 108 yards, and two touchdowns. The shifty returner also added value as an impactful special teams player, returning two kicks for touchdowns and blocking two field goals. Robinson averaged nearly 33 yards a return and ended the season with 566 all-purpose yards and four total touchdowns. He earned All-Europe honors for his play that season.

In 2019, Robinson played cornerback and kick returner for the Austrian champions, the Swarco Raiders and was a key to the team’s undefeated season. He was named Central European Football League MVP. Robinson spent the 2018 season with the Braunschweig New Yorker Lions in the German Football League. Playing on one of the best secondaries in Europe, he recorded 40 passes defended and had seven interceptions (177 INT return yards) two defensive touchdowns, nine pass breakups and 32 tackles in 16 games (GFL & Big 6). He allowed 1.3 catches per game /15.6 receiving yards allowed per game. Robinson also spent part of the 2021 season with the Laz Rozas Black Demons of Spain, making plays as a cornerback and kick returner.

A former High School All American, he was a three-year starter at Clemson and over his career amassed 70 tackles, four (4) tackles for loss, six (6) interceptions for 40 yards, one (1) returned for touchdown, one (1) quarterback pressure, and seventeen (17) pass breakups. He was named team captain in his senior year and also played in the 2014 Orange Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes which the Tigers won 40-35.

Robinson briefly reached the NFL as he was signed by the Buffalo Bills but injured his shoulder at training camp. The injury led to his release prior to the 2014 season. After starting his own business, he continued working out, staying in football-ready shape while running his business.

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Alex is a former professional American football player who is now studying in London. His goal writing for AFI is to stay involved with the game that has given him so much. Alex enjoys covering leagues and players and sharing different football