On the whole, Robert Turbin's career as a football player has been remarkable. At Utah State he rebounded from a severe knee injury in college to become a draftable commodity destined for the NFL. Before college he led his high school team to a league title his junior year -- after it hadn't won one in decades. So now that he's here and still nobody thinks he can do anything -- except him -- he figured he'd land a spot on the Seattle Seahawks and play in Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, February 8.
He'll also make history in Met Life Stadium in New Jersey in what will likely be the first-ever cold-weather Super Bowl played outdoors.
Yet, Turbin is accustomed to proving people wrong. He did so at Irvington (Calif.) High, giving the school its first title since Ronald Reagan was in office. Turbin also helped lead Utah State to its first bowl game in decades and the Seattle Seahawks selected him with the 106th overall pick in the fourth round. In all, nine running backs were drafted before Turbin -- and only three remain in the league.
Along the way, he silenced all the doubters, skeptics, and even NFL draft experts who weren't sure he'd measure up.
Turbin has the heart of a champion inside that 5-foot-10 inch, 222-pound body. And though he looks as if he never makes any mistakes, he has. Look no further than his game against Arizona on Dec. 22 as proof of that. His fumble on a kick return cost the Seahawks big time. But like every team he's ever played on, he's found a way to succeed.
At Utah State Turbin went for over 1,200 yards -- as a red shirt sophomore. So does that mean that in his contract year in 2014-15, he'll prove everyone was wrong yet again?
You'd be a fool to bet against him. Even if Turbin is backing up Marshawn Lynch in Seattle and has seen exactly 77 touches of the football for 264 yards and no touchdowns this season be certain that if he's given the opportunity -- he'll make it count.
The Seahawks have made every run count this season, amassing over 1,800 yards on the ground with a physical rushing game that hits you at the point of attack.
And Turbin is a large part of that physicality. In the meantime you can watch him suit up for Seattle at this year's Super Bowl, another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the former Utah State Aggies football star as his Seahawks attempt to win their first ever ring.