It’s a shame the Washington Commanders couldn’t pull out a win on Sunday. It marked the first game of Brian Robinson’s career after the rookie missed the first four games recovering from gunshot wounds he sustained to his knee and upper leg in an attempted robbery in Washington, D.C. six weeks ago.
Incredibly, the game was set up for Robinson to play hero with the Commanders having 1st and goal from the two-yard line in the final minute. In need of a touchdown to win the game, surely they’d hand the ball to the 6-foot-1, 225-pound running back who welcomes contact in the trenches, right?
Unfortunately, Ron Rivera burned a valuable timeout challenging a Cam Sims catch so Washington had no way to stop the clock and dropped back to pass three times, which ended with Carson Wentz getting picked off at the goal line.
Thus, the potential storybook ending turned into heartbreak.
For Robinson, though, Sunday was a celebration. While he impacted the game for Washington, perhaps the coolest moment from B-Rob’s return came before the game when he was the last Commander introduced in the tunnel and came out to “Many Men”, an iconic song from 50 Cent’s debut album, “Get Rich or Die Tryin’.”
50 cent showed love to Brian Robinson after the Commanders RB was introduced to ‘Many Men’ in Week 5.
The goosebump-inducing video went viral for obvious reasons and 50 Cent gave Robinson a proper shoutout on social media.
While 50 cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III, appreciated Robinson being introduced to probably his most famous song, the artist showed unity with Robinson largely because he was shot nine times sitting in a friend’s car in 2000. “Many Men” is widely known was the rapping legend’s most substantial call-back to the shooting.
Robinson shared the post to his Instagram story with multiple exclamation points, so he clearly appreciated the shoutout from 50 cent.
Again, it’s really a shame the Commanders lost on Sunday. A win would’ve put the icing on the cake of a miraculous story. Instead, fans are further agitated with the state of the team and are quickly losing patience with Ron Rivera.
Despite being on a pitch count, Robinson played just two-fewer snaps than Antonio Gibson, seemingly indicating that he could reclaim the starting role in the near future as he gets back up to speed after missing the first four games.
Robinson only finished with 22 yards on 9 carries, but his incredible story is one of a few silver linings surrounding the 1-4 Commanders.