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.
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My house, city everything has been destroyed. These pictures can’t even explain. Places I Grew up at will never be seen again. My city looks like a war zone... a lot of people lost houses there is nothing really left of Panama City this is devastating ...I need everyone to pray for Panama City and the panhandle so many people has been affected by this tragedy. I honestly can’t believe it ..all of my family has lost everything #prayforpanamacity
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.
A few of our Noles loaded 54 trucks with 40,000 bottles of water and 125,00 cases of food with the local food bank to send to areas affected by Hurricane Michael. #DoSomething pic.twitter.com/qiSuIsW709— FSU Football (@FSUFootball) October 14, 2018
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.