Brian Robinson did a little bit of everything for Spingarn High School's football team last fall. He played running back, wide receiver, kick returner, strong safety and cornerback at various times.
For all his hard work, which included four interceptions (one for a touchdown) and 75 tackles, the Green Wave finished 0-9 last season and he has yet to earn a college scholarship.
"I stayed beat up a lot," said Robinson, who hopes to win a football scholarship off his performance at the 17th annual D.C. Coaches East-West All-Star game July l9 at RFK. The contest will provide an opportunity for nonscholarship high school graduates of the Interhigh and Metro Conferences to compete for college funding. Tickets, which cost $5, are available at Spingarn, Theodore Roosevelt, H.D. Woodson and Anacostia.
"It was kind of tough to play (for a winless team)," said Robinson, who will be on the East team. "The season was very disappointing. When I went to practice, I just wanted to hit somebody to release the frustration of a bad season."
In addition, he has had to overcome his size, 5 feet 7, l40 pounds (he's now 160).
"Before the season, I went to visit the University of Maryland about its football program. When I got there, the coaches asked, 'Where's the rest of you?' "
Robinson says he has been told he can play as a walk-on at Midland Junior College in Nebraska. He'll take the offer if the game doesn't bring any others. He has a few friends at Midland, including Luther Piles, who played football at Spingarn.
"I know its somewhat cold there," he said, "but, hey, it can't be much colder than New York or D.C. I think I could handle it."
He would rather get a scholarship to an area college. This way, with no money worries, he could concentrate on his major (business and accounting).
"Brian is a fine young man with much character," said George Spi-cer, his former coach at Spingarn. "He's a good student, who'll be successful with or without football."
The coaches' game will be the Robinson family's last chance to see him play. However, his mother won't be there.
"My mother can't stand to see me get hit," he said.
He isn't nervous about playing before possibly 10,000 spectators at RFK.
"Hey, a field is a field," he said. "When you play against H.D. Woodson, there're a lot of screaming fans. I suppose the noise will be louder and it might make everyone play a little harder."
However, Robinson, who also played baseball at Spingarn, is excited about possibly getting scholarship offers. According to Willie Stewart, coach of Anacostia and of the East, every player will get an equal opportunity to perform.
"We want to try to give every player equal playing time," Stewart said. "We want to particularly give the nonscholarship players a little more time because they need the publicity. This game is really for them."
The bottom line is that Robinson knows he must give his best effort.
"I am an exceptionally small player," he said. "I just want to see how I can do against the other players. I want to get a scholarship offer, too. I'm always thinking about winning and giving 100 percent. Maybe I can go out there and impress somebody."