12/8/21: How will Chicago remember Allen Robinson?

The receiver may be with another team next year. How do his four years in Chicago stack up?

Allen Robinson Chicago Bears 2021
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What is Allen Robinson's legacy with the Bears?

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By Brendan Sugrue

The Bears only have five games left this season, which means that Allen Robinson's Bears career may also be over in just five more weeks.

In fact, it's possible we've already seen the last of him in a Bears uniform. Robinson has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury and would anyone be surprised if he didn't return with a possible free agent payday awaiting him?

The situation raises an interesting question, though. What exactly is Robinson's legacy in Chicago after arriving here in 2018?  Was he the true WR1 the Bears needed? Did his social media clap backs during some contract negotiations tarnish his reputation? Where does his charitable foundation factor in as well?

Let's take a look.

Statistics

Starting on the field, Robinson is one of the most successful receivers in team history with 3,490 yards. If he plays again this season, he will likely enter into the top-10 receivers in team history based on yardage, overtaking players like Brandon Marshall (3,550) and Willie Gault (3,650). His precise route running and sure-fire hands helped move the chains on many occasions for the Bears, even when he was covered like a blanket. His 63.5 catch percentage is better than Marshall, Jeffery, and Curtis Conway. Though he doesn't have gaudy touchdown numbers (18), he's as dependable as they come.  

His 2021 season hasn't shown that consistency, though. Prior to his injury, Robinson wasn't getting the targets he was accustomed to seeing and has just 339 yards through nine games. Part of that is due to the team's inept offensive system, but his drop in production has been curious to say the least.

Robinson doesn't have the physicality of Marshall, nor the speed of Gault. But Robinson is a smooth wide receiver and does a little bit of everything well. He should be in the conversation for the Mount Rushmore of Bears wide receivers, statistically speaking.

Locker room

Wide receivers have a bit of a reputation for being distractions in the locker room, especially when things don't go their way. Robinson doesn't seem to fall in that category, though. He's been a true professional within the walls of Halas Hall, showing up every day while dealing with poor quarterback play and contract uncertainty. You can't say the same for other players like Marshall, for example.

Robinson is well respected inside the locker room and was voted by his teammates as the 2020 Brian Piccolo award winner. They even joined in the #ExtendARob movement last season, advocating for him to get a new deal. If the worst thing he ever did was like a couple tweets and take off the Bears affiliation from his social media pages over a franchise tag dispute, you would take that every day over some of the wide receiver distractions around the league.

Charitable works

The only thing better than Robinson's on-field production is what he does off of it. He brought his Within Reach Foundation to Chicago and made it a point to help low-income and inner-city students with educational opportunities. He won the Ed Block Courage Award in 2020 and was the team's nominee for Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2019. His continued work to help Chicago's youth hasn't gone unnoticed and he's quickly become a staple in the community for giving back. If and when he leaves, Chicago will miss his presence.

So what is Robinson's legacy?

Look, it's easy to pick on the guy who is hurt and underperforming in a contract year after such a big deal was made about extending him for many seasons to come. It's also sometimes a bad look when you're engaging with fans after poor performances.

But make no mistake, Robinson is still one of the best free agent signings in the last 20 years for the Bears.

Robinson solidified the worst wide receiver room in football and brought offensive leadership to a team that had little. His work in the community, meanwhile, showed he's a great person, not just a football player. And if this is the final few games of the Allen Robinson era, I'm going to appreciate everything he's done as a Bear. He may not be the greatest wide receiver in team history, but he's a damn good one and should always be remembered as such.

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Hawks: Scary hit on Khaira derails night at UC

Tuesday's game was tied at two when Hawks forward Jujhar Khaira was dump-trucked by Jacob Trouba while attempting to gather the puck. Khaira was left motionless on the ice and both his team and the UC crowd were left in a somber mood as he was stretchered off.

  • Said Jonathan Toews: "Personally, I was pretty shaken, not going to lie to you ... I think we were trying to find that emotion to respond the right way. We could’ve had a better response as a team, but yeah, I think the guys felt that one a little bit."
  • The good news: Khaira was said to be alert and talking at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. But the Hawks still canceled Wednesday's practice after an emotional night that included Riley Stillman jumping Trouba on the Rangers' next shift.
  • The game: The Rangers scored five unanswered goals for a 6-2 win after falling behind 2-1 in the first. Trouba wasn't penalized for the hit, but it'll be interesting to see if the league office finds reason for suspension after a review. (The hit did not seem as dirty as, say, Raffi Torres' hit on Marian Hossa in the 2012 playoffs.)
  • Next: The Hawks will be in Montreal on Thursday night.

Bulls: DeMar DeRozan won't make trip to Cleveland

No luck for a false positive. DeRozan will spend at least the next 10 days in COVID protocols or until he can produce two negative tests within 24 hours. He'll miss tonight's game in Cleveland and probably Saturday night's date in Miami at a minimum.


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