ELF: Wroclaw Panthers re-sign former Clemson DB Darius Robinson

The Wroclaw Panthers of the European League of Football have re-signed one of their top players from last season in former Clemson Tiger Darius Robinson.

The veteran defensive back was a key part of Wroclaw defense and special teams as they finished the season with a 6-5 record and a semi-final berth. Robinson returns to the Panthers on a mission to claim the ELF title:

““I decided to re-sign with Wroclaw because instead of winning an ELF championship somewhere else I want to bring it back to Wrocław! That would be huge for Poland!”

During the 2021 season, the 5’11”, 185 pound 29-year-old Robinson from Atlanta, Georgia was an integral part of the Wroclaw Panthers playoff run in the inaugural season in 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 former 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.

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.

After becoming aware of football in Europe and Germany in September of 2017, he created a profile on Europlayers and received offers from 15 teams, eight from the GFL.

Read more about Darius Robinson’s football journey

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