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BGSU lineman Jakari Robinson uses snow to help climb toward NFL dream

On Sunday, the senior center used Mother Nature to his advantage to workout on a hill in front of Doyt Perry Stadium.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Snow has been few and far between this winter in Northwest Ohio. When it came down on Sunday, one Bowling Green State University football player took full advantage.

"Main reason I came out today is because I didn't want to come out today," center Jakari Robinson, a senior, said. "I know it sounds funny but throughout this entire training process, I've been trying to make myself uncomfortable."

On a big hill in front of Doyt Perry Stadium, where he recently finished his lone season at BGSU, the 1st team All-MAC center went to work.

While others were sledding, Robinson got to sweating.

"When it snowed, I told myself 'what better day to come out,'" Robinson said. "I'm just trying to get better every day and be the best center in the world, that's my goal."

Robinson, an Alabama native, hasn't seen much snow in his lifetime. But, he said it does provide resistance for a satisfying workout.

"I thought the sand was bad, but this snow is on my back," he said. "I got pretty tired but being able to come out here at all is a blessing."

Following the Quick Lane Bowl in December, Robinson declared for the 2023 NFL Draft. In preparation for a professional career, he'll be participating in the Falcons Pro Day in March.

"Despite my past, I'm in no fancy facilities or have a $100,000 trainer," Robinson said. I'm all by myself but I'm embracing the journey and what I do have. I might not be in Miami or Houston but I got a hill, pads and myself."

Prior to arriving at BGSU, Robinson played for two different programs in Memphis and Cincinnati. In 2022, he missed the first three games due to an NCAA transfer waiver issue.

It's been an uphill climb for Robinson throughout his career but as he proved over the weekend, no obstacle is too big.

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