May 21, 2004
By Mitchell Kapler
Randy Robbins played defensive back for the Wildcats from 1980-1983 (24-18-2). Robbins had a total of twelve interceptions over the course of his career, six of them coming during his Senior year (1983). That season Robbins returned four interceptions for touchdowns a PAC-10 record which stood for sixteen seasons until Cal's Deltha O'Neal returned five in 1999. In 1984 the Denver Broncos drafted Robbins and he went on to play nine seasons in the NFL, going to four AFC Championship games and three Super Bowls. Robbins also spent some time on Coach Tomey's staff as a graduate assistant and then as the running backs coach from 1998-2000. Robbins spends some time with us today to reflect on his career as a Wildcat and as a Bronco.
What is your greatest Wildcat memory?
In 1981, when we went out (Sophomore year) to Los Angeles and beat USC when they were number one in the nation. We were 2-2 at the time and USC was 4-0. They had Marcus Allen and the who's who in college football but we went out there and beat them by a field goal (13-10) at their house.
What was the pinnacle of your career?
The length of my career, I played nine years in the NFL. The average career is 4 years, so to be able to be that consistent for that long was an achievement. When I look back, that was a great accomplishment for me.
How did you like living in Denver?
It was great, just a great sports state really. I actually had a lot of Wildcat players up there with me, at one point we had seven Wildcat teammates in Denver.
What are you doing today?
Recreation superintendent in the town of Marana, I really enjoy it and have a lot of fun.
Any thoughts on the future of Wildcat football?
I just want them to play hard, that's what Arizona has been known for. That's what they were known for before I came to Arizona, while at Arizona, and after Arizona. If you play hard and are motivated to play, you have a shot. I believe Coach Stoops truly believes in the players and will get them to believe in themselves.
Who was your role model growing up?
My Dad, may sound corny but that was my role-model, he was a quiet leader and someone I admire greatly.
What was your favorite (non-athletic) aspect at the University of Arizona?
What I enjoyed about U of A was the atmosphere, it's a big school then again it's not. It's a closed campus but big, I fell in love with the campus atmosphere. Regardless of sport when I asked myself could I go to school here, the answer was yes. Everybody has a great attitude from the professors to the students.
Does any play or game stick out in mind from your career as a Bronco?
Playing in three Super Bowls and four AFC championships, but the game that probably stands out the most for me was the first big game that put us out on the National level, 'The drive'. I played on 2nd and 3rd down situations on defense. John Elway grew up that day and it was the greatest game I was apart of my whole life, a hard fought tough battle.
How was it playing on the same team as John Elway?
A great guy. I have known John since he played at Stanford and had the opportunity to play with him in Denver. He is the best ever when the game is on the line, give John the ball. That's how we played defense, if it was close, Elway would take it over. A great guy, a down to earth person and awesome player.
Any last thoughts?
I would like for the team to go out and have fun and enjoy themselves. Enjoy this experience, enjoy the college years. Don't worry about the next level, just enjoy these college years because once they are gone, they are gone.
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