The Seattle Seahawks have a penchant for signing undrafted free agents out of the University of Washington, but this particular one would be significantly unique. After all, the last time he played at UW, Pete Carroll was only in his second season at USC.
Nate Robinson, who played just one season of collegiate football before making a permanent (but apparently not entirely permanent) transition to basketball, tried out for the Seahawks on Monday per Bob Condotta. Robinson played cornerback at UW -- recording two interceptions as a true freshman in 2002 -- then went on to a very successful NBA career that included three slam dunk titles over an 11-year career that is apparently over. He played for eight teams and was traded five times, but this time it looks like he's trying to trade sports altogether.
Robinson is listed at 5'9, 180 pounds, but DraftExpress.com says he is just under 5'8 without shoes and has a 6'1 wingspan with a 43.5" vert. The highest vert for any cornerback at the combine this year was 41" by the 6' DeAndre Elliott of Colorado State; Seattle signed Elliott in undrafted free agency.
The odds of Robinson getting signed, let alone making the team, would appear to be extremely low. He hasn't played organized football in over 13 years -- TV shows that debuted after Robinson quit football include Arrested Development, I Love the 70s, Da Ali G Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Chappelle's Show, and Mythbusters. He'll also have to overcome his diminutive size once again, just like he did in the NBA. And the team would have to release a player from it's 90-man roster just to make room for him.
I think many people are rooting for him to do a great job, but this may be a one-day news story for Nate-Rob.
UPDATE: Condotta quickly updated his post to note that the team isn't likely to sign Nate but will "keep his resume on file," basically.