Former Chicago Bears DL Bryan Robinson Found Dead

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Sad news for the Chicago Bears family as former DL Bryan Robinson was found dead in Milwaukee.

Bryan Robinson always said that Walter Payton helped him achieve his biggest career highlight, and now, sadly, both men are gone long before they should have been lost. Robinson, who played defensive end and defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears from 1998 to 2003 was found dead in a Milwaukee motel on Saturday night. He was 41.

No further information has been released regarding the cause of his death.

Robinson was a versatile defensive lineman who played six seasons in Chicago. Robinson tallied 16.5 sacks during his years in Chicago (24 for his career) and was a key defensive lineman on the Bears 2001 team that went 13-3.

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Robinson is probably best known for his role in the “Walter Payton game.” Payton had died on November 1, 1999, and six days later, the Bears team headed to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers. The Bears were clinging to a 14-13 lead and the Packers drove down the field and were in position for a chip shot 28-yard FG by Ryan Longwell to win the game. As Longwell got the kick away, Robinson jumped, reached up, and managed to get a hand on the ball, blocking the kick and preserving the victory for Chicago.

Afterwards Robinson was quoted as saying, ““I think Walter Payton actually picked me up a little bit and boosted me up in the air because I can’t jump that high. Walter had a lot to do with it. I know he did.”

After his time in Chicago, Robinson went on to play for the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, and Arizona Cardinals, but never had the same success that he enjoyed in Chicago. Robinson’s legacy will be forever remembered among Chicago Bears alumni and fans; “Big Dog” will be missed.

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