UM: Denard Robinson

Previewing the college football season, the New York Times profiles University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, and describes how the death of his older brother Timothy, who died when they were both children, has driven him to succeed. From the article: “The second and third youngest of seven children, Denard and Timothy had dreamed ‘just to make it, make it somehow’ out of their hardscrabble neighborhood in Deerfield Beach, Fla., Robinson said. That way they could provide for their family. When Timothy died, Denard promised he would make it for both of them. ‘I was young when I said that, but to this day, I still think about him,’ Robinson said. ‘I took everything more seriously after that.’” [Source]