Cleveland Browns linebacker
Robertson attended the all-male charity banquet event to receive the award that has been presented for 52 years. Some of the previous recipients include members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, quarterback Otto Graham, offensive tackle/kicker Lou Groza and running back Jim Brown, as well as left tackle
During the event, each of the attendees received a commemorative glass recognizing Robertson as the “Pro of the Year.”
Robertson was honored with this award for his on-the-field impact during 2012 as well as off the field in the local community. Robertson continues to be a community advocate for the Browns, giving up his personal time nearly every week to support various outreach opportunities. As an undrafted rookie at the start of his career in the NFL, hard work has always been at the forefront of his beliefs just as it was for the Browns Alumni that attended Tuesday evening’s event.
“It means a lot (with) just all of the famous guys that came before me and got that award, Lou Groza, Jim Brown, Alex Mack, Joe Thomas,” Robertson said. “Guys like that, even Alex Mack and Joe Thomas, those are vets that you look up to because they do everything right and they’re active in the community all the time.
“Lou Groza, the street we turn in on is named after him and he has many things that he’s done. Jim Brown is by himself. Him still coming around and being able to talk to him, that’s just amazing to me. It’s cool to be honored by that award.”
The annual banquet helps support various fundraisers and programs through the American Legion Post 738, including awarding two college scholarships annually to local students, veteran support and programs for our youth.
Participating in Tuesday’s event was the latest in a long line of charity events Robertson has attended since joining the Browns as a practice-squad player late in 2011. He has made numerous visits to children’s hospitals and attended the annual Tolerance Fair at the I-X Center earlier this offseason.
“I’m not active in the community for awards,” Robertson said. “I do it one, because it makes me feel good, and two, I’ve always wanted to be in a place to do that. Now that I’m in that place and I’m able to do it, I want to do it. I don’t have to be honored for anything. I was going to do it anyway, but if they are going to honor it, I’ll take it and I’ll be happy with it.
“Just growing up, maturing at all times, being able to say, ‘I helped out,’ as long as I helped out one person, that makes me feel better for the day. That’s why you do it, that one kid. I may have had one person when I was little that impacted my life, and I want to be that person for somebody else. If I can do it, one kid a day, that’d be cool with me.”