Just 46 days after being shot, Brian Robinson Jr. scored his first NFL touchdown as the Washington Commanders beat the Chicago Bears 12-7.
The rookie running back ran in a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for what would prove to be the deciding score as the Commanders snapped a four-game losing streak.
In August, Robinson Jr. was shot twice in the lower extremities and taken to a local hospital in what police say may have been an attempted robbery or carjacking.
After a remarkable comeback story, the 23-year-old made his debut in the Commanders’ 21-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans last week.
But Thursday night against the Bears, Robinson Jr. He started for Washington, 60 yards from 17 attempts and finished with a key score to give his team a vital victory.
After the win, Robinson Jr. paid tribute to his teammates, coaches and his family for motivating him to keep working on his comeback.
“It was hard. I had to keep my head high and focus on what I really want in my life,” he said.
“I want to be a football player, I wanted to get back on the football field, so I did everything in my power, with strength, intelligence, to get back on the field.
“And I’m very thankful for this coaching staff and everyone (in the locker room) for helping me, for pushing me every day, for giving me extra motivation on the days I didn’t have it, for keeping me grounded. here with my team.
He added: “I want to thank my mother, I love you. Without you I wouldn’t be here today.”
The 98th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft returned to the Commanders facility just two days after the shooting as he began his recovery.
And it paid off as head coach Ron Rivera thrust him into the team’s starting quarterback role, the main result of his story being another game on Thursday Night Football.
A week after the Indianapolis Colts’ 12-9 overtime win over the Denver Broncos, it was slow again between the Commanders and Bears as both defenses were on top.
The Commanders defense sacked Bears quarterback Justin Fields five times (12 total hits), while Washington quarterback Carson Wentz was sacked three times.
The Bears’ comeback attempt fell short at the one-yard line when Darnell Mooney’s catch fell short of a fourth-and-goal touchdown.
Fields had a touchdown as well as an interception and ran for 88 yards, though he said late in the game that he re-aggravated a left shoulder injury in the loss, adding that it was “hurting pretty good.” ”
The loss improves the Chiefs’ record to 2-4, and the Bears slip to an even record.