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Falcons' Robinson says he'll return Bart Starr Award

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Posted: Friday February 05, 1999 12:19 PM

  Robinson practiced with his NFC teammates in preparation for Sunday's Pro Bowl AP

ATLANTA (AP) -- Eugene Robinson, the Atlanta Falcons defensive back arrested on the eve of the Super Bowl, says he will return the award he won for high moral character the same day he got into trouble.

Robinson, who is in Honolulu for the Pro Bowl, told Atlanta station WSB-TV on Thursday that he would return the Bart Starr Award, given for leadership in home, on the field and in the community.

The 35-year-old Robinson received the award Saturday morning, the day before the Falcons' 34-19 Super Bowl loss to the Denver Broncos. He was arrested that night for soliciting oral sex from an undercover female police officer.

Dave Bratton of Athletes in Action, the Ohio-based group that gives the award, said Robinson had not contacted the group about returning the award.

"We're concerned with doing what's right for Eugene," he said. "I'd rather not say much of anything right now."

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