Denard Robinson is one of the most respected and beloved Michigan Wolverines football players of all-time, for reasons that extend beyond the playing field.
The former quarterback known as ‘Shoelace’ had a style all his own, from his shoes (which were often untied during games and later secured with velcro) up to his 100 megawatt smile.
Now, Robinson is set to return to Ann Arbor in a new role — Assistant Director of Player Personnel.
The news was broken by former Michigan basketball forward and On3.com contributing writer Anthony Wright on his Twitter account about an hour ago, and has since been confirmed by major media sources including The Detroit News.
Message I just got: "Denard Robinson will be named as Asst Dir Player Personnel. Announcement soon."
— ᗩᑎT ᗯᖇIGᕼT (@itsAntWright) February 23, 2022
Multiple sources can confirm that #Michigan is set to hire Denard Robinson in a player personnel role. @itsAntWright with it first. https://t.co/jHE9NXsIyT
— Josh Henschke (@JoshHenschke) February 23, 2022
“He’s arguably one of the most talented offensive weapons to ever play the game of college football – and now he’s set to return to Ann Arbor as part of Jim Harbaugh’s coaching staff,” wrote Christopher Breiler of Sports Illustrated in a recent blog post.
According to multiple sources, Denard Robinson will join the Michigan staff as Assistant Director of Player Personnel pic.twitter.com/DglTqLZ2ln
— Saturday Tradition (@Tradition) February 23, 2022
Robinson is Michigan’s second all-time leading rusher behind current Wolverines coach Mike Hart, with 4,495 yards to his name at the quarterback position.
He also finished 7th all-time in passing completions with 427, and fifth all-time in passing yards with 6,250.
He revolutionized the position for Michigan, a school that typically focuses on pocket passers over rushing quarterbacks, and scored a touchdown on his first snap against Western Michigan.
Robinson was the 2010 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, a year in which he finished 6th in the Heisman Trophy voting results. Auburn’s Cam Newton won the trophy that season.
Robinson, a former Jacksonville Jaguar who played four seasons in the NFL, ran for 582 yards in his second season with the team.