TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - In the midst of devastation caused by Hurricane Michael, strength of all kinds is being demonstrated by people all over Florida.
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Panama City native and Bay High School alum Janarius Robinson played football for FSU Saturday, a feat of mental and physical strength that would be unthinkable to some given the circumstances.
Robinson's childhood home was destroyed.
He returned home to sift through the damage, even finding a pile of soaked recruitment letters soiled in the storm.
Football might seem inconsequential by comparison, but the importance of the game increased for Robinson...and it showed.
Robinson recorded a career high six tackles in a 38-17 win over Wake Forest, dropping to a knee after a tackle for a loss in the second half. The dominant performance shouldn't be surprising, given the defensive end's steady improvement and unique motivation.
"I put the pictures [of the house] in my locker. Seeing them before I went out on the field, I just had that in the back of my head," Robinson said following the game. "I'm in a position where I can get my whole family out and get my Momma another house. So just seeing that before I go out on the field motivates me."
After finding out about Robinson's plight on social media, the community was motivated to help earlier this week.
Working in compliance with the NCAA, more than $100,000 has been raised for J-Rob's family through GoFundMe, far surpassing the goal of $75,000 (https://www.gofundme.com/robinson-rebuild-hurricane-michael).