Former Cardinals defensive tackle Bryan Robinson, a starter on the Super Bowl team in 2008, has died, the Chicago Tribune reported. Robinson was only 41 years old. Cause of death is unknown.
Robinson, who started his career with the Rams in 1997 and became a key player on the Bears for a number of years, signed with the Cardinals in 2008. Brought in to be a veteran presence on a line that had Darnell Dockett and young linemen Calais Campbell, Alan Branch and Gabe Watson, Robinson took hold of a starting job and neither Watson nor Branch ever managed to beat him out. He started for the Cards through his final NFL season in 2010, helping the team not only to the Super Bowl but a pair of NFC West titles. He also played for the Dolphins and Bengals.
This column was one of my favorite stories I wrote about Robinson. When he arrived in Arizona, the Cards also signed an undrafted rookie defensive tackle named Bryan Robinson. Only the vet was left after training camp.