Robert Turbin is an NFL running back and a Superbowl Champion — He’s having a big impact off the field.
Turbin spoke to KRON4 who continues to give back to his high school.
“I felt like I would have been a complete hypocrite,” Turbin said. “You know, if I didn’t do the event and if I, you know, went and hid in some hole.”
The Fremont native could have decided to not put on his annual charity basketball game and nobody would have blamed him.
Last season was rough. He was injured for parts of it before the Indianapolis Colts released him before the season was over.
Football is his dream but helping people is his passion.
“I have been through many many challenges in my life and to get through them and to get to where I’m at, and to throw in the towel now you know I would, I’d be been very hypocritical,” Turbin said. “I would be a very hypocritical person and that would be going against everything I ever said to anybody going through anything. Any kid, any high school kid, any friend of mine, any family member.”
With quitting no longer an option, Turbin invited three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Will Claye, in addition to his college teammate and Seattle Seahawks Bobby Wagner, to join him.
Wagner says Turbin’s biggest muscle is his heart.
“I’ve known him for a while now,” Wagner said. “And that’s the type of person he’s been for his life. Whenever he has adversity he always thinks about other people and not himself and I think this event of his is indicative of that. You know you see he has a bunch of stuff going on but still wants to give back to the kids and shows the kids that no matter what you got going in life, keep fighting and good things will happen for you.”
Turbin’s NFL future is up in the air but his feet have always been on solid ground.
Michelle Stone is with Irvington High School and has known Turbin when he was a student.
“That’s only normal. To think about giving up and then remembering who your support system is. Your family, your school, your good close friends,” Stone said.
The game raised $10,000 for Irvington’s Athletic Program, as well as Turbin’s foundation ‘Runnin4U’ which puts money into cerebral palsy research and multiple sclerosis.