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Robinson comes up big in 1st career game

Mike Woods
Post-Crescent Media
Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Luther Robinson pressures Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder during a game at Lambeau Field last October.

Rookie undrafted defensive lineman Luther Robinson was playing in his first NFL game after being promoted from the practice squad just hours before Thursday's game. He filled the vacant 53rd spot on the roster, and his promotion was prompted by an injury that forced defensive lineman Josh Boyd to be deactivated.

He was contacted by one of the Packers' personnel people around noon, signed his contract and shortly thereafter put on the pads.

"Right before the game, I found out I was going to be active," he said. "I (thought I) just got to come out and compete, keep competing."

His biggest play Thursday came on Julius Peppers' pick-six.

"I just remember seeing the opening and going after the quarterback and getting my hand up," Robinson said, "then looking back and seeing that Peppers caught the ball."

Robinson was signed by the Packers as an undrafted free agent after partaking in the team's rookie orientation camp on a tryout basis. He played at the University of Miami, appearing in 33 games but making only three starts.

He is one of the longest of long shots.

"It was a dream come true," he said. "This is what I've worked for. I think I did OK but I have to continue to get better."