Born to absent parents in Miami and raised by an abusive aunt.
Kicked out of house at age 11. In jail three years later.
Homeless at 17.
It’s the early life of VooDoo receiver Antonio Robinson, a former Nicholls State standout and member of the Green Bay Packers during their Super Bowl XLV victory.
His story is profiled in a documentary, “Dreams Do Come True,” a tale he hopes to share with the masses through support of his project. The trailer is on YouTube.
“You’re going to be sad, you’re going to be happy, you’re going to be excited,” said Robinson, who is in his second season with the VooDoo. “It’s going to take you on a roller coaster, the whole story.”
Robinson’s journey takes viewers from poverty and crime in a housing project in Miami to the streets where he did what he had to survive, where he slept in a box Chevy. His story continues to a Minnesota junior college, Louisiana-Layafette (spring 2008) and Nicholls State (2008-09) before spending time on NFL practice squads and offseason rosters in Chicago, Seattle and Green Bay, as well as the United Football League and Canadian Football League.
Robinson, 28, said he overcame his troubles by deciding he was going to do something positive for himself.
“To have that peace, man, you’ve got to work for it,” Robinson said. “I believe it came from above as well. But you have to play a role in your life. You have to work for it. Nothing is going to come.
“You’re going to face trials and tribulations; you’re going to get upset. But that dream that beats inside of you. ... All you got to do is attack it, go after it.”
Last Friday, Robinson, who re-joined the VooDoo in May, caught his first passes for the VooDoo, finishing with four receptions for 65 yards and one touchdown.
The VooDoo lost, 62-48 to the Tampa Bay Storm. This Saturday, the VooDoo (2-8) play at the Pittsburgh Power (8-3).
Robinson’s NFL career was derailed by a broken tibia injury suffered early in his pro career. Not that it’s stopped him from staying on his football path.
“We’re looking for investors because we’d love to throw it on the movie screens,” he said. “I’m just a voice for these kids that a lot of people look past.”
VooDoo defensive lineman Mike Alston did not record a sack during last week’s loss, and is still tied with former VooDoo standout B.J. Cohen for the franchise’s single-season sack record of nine... With Kurt Rocco on injured reserve after knee surgery, former LSU standout Ryan Perrilloux is the likely starter for the remainder of the season. Veteran B.J. Hall was signed last week.