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FSU’s Janarius Robinson loses home to Hurricane Michael, ’Nole athletics send support to ravaged panhandle

The most formidable foe Florida State football has faced this season.

Recovery Efforts Continue In Hurricane-Ravaged Florida Panhandle Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Halfway through the 2018 season, the FSU football team finds itself at 3-3 in what we all knew would be a rebuilding year. But the term “rebuilding” has taken on a much more pressing reality for many in the Florida panhandle of late, following the damage inflicted by Hurricane Michael.

Seminole defensive end Janarius Robinson has been especially affected by that struggle. A redshirt-sophomore, Robinson came to Florida State by way of Panama City’s Bay High School, and during the recent catastrophe that was Michael, Robinson’s family lost everything.

His story is definitely heartbreaking, and it’s even more devastating when you consider how many others are in a position just like him and his family.

But the Seminole motto of “Unconquered” is about much more than victories on the gridiron, as the garnet and gold have joined the resilient efforts of so many in the panhandle by backing their beleaguered neighbors, those suffering just like the Robinsons.

Tragic, indiscriminate disasters like Hurricane Michael can take everything from a family. But they can also provide us with perspective as to what a real comeback and true teamwork actually resemble.