Source: Former NBA player Nate Robinson tries out for Seahawks

BySheil Kapadia via ESPN logo
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Former NBA player Nate Robinson had a tryout Monday with the Seattle Seahawks, a league source confirmed.

The news was earlier reported by The Washington Post.

The 5-foot-9 Robinson had been playing basketball in Israel, but he has expressed interest in pursuing an NFL career at age 32.

"I need to get a little stronger, a little faster," Robinson told's Kevin Pelton in April. "Lifting weights and watching a lot of film. Work on my feet and my hands and how to press [as a cornerback]. Basic stuff. I catch on pretty fast. Just learn some of the drills they'd have me do and start practicing and get ready for it.

"The biggest challenge is probably all the haters, everybody counting me out, somebody not really giving me the opportunity. That's what I think the biggest challenge will be, getting somebody to give me that chance. If somebody gives me that chance, I know they'll fall in love with the fierce competitor that I am because I catch on quick. Once I do that, then the sky's the limit. I don't know. It seems like they wouldn't want me to be the first one to do something like this. That's a huge challenge."

A Seattle native who starred in football while in high school, Robinson went to theUniversity of Washingtonon a football scholarship before deciding to focus solely on basketball.

Selected in the first round of the 2005 NBA draft, he played 11 seasons in the league and won three slam dunk contests.

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