Allen Bernard Robinson II (born August 24, 1993) is an American football wide receiver for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and played for the Jaguars for four seasons before signing with the Bears in 2018. He played college football at Penn State.
Robinson finished his second season with 80 receptions for 1,400 receiving yards and 14 touchdown receptions. He led the Jaguars in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns during the 2015 season and was the first Jaguars' receiver since Jimmy Smith in 2005 to have over 1,000 receiving yards in a single season. Robinson recorded the second-most receiving yards in a season in franchise history at the time. He, along with Doug Baldwin and Brandon Marshall, tied for the league lead in receiving touchdowns with 14. He was the first player in franchise history to be a league leader in receiving touchdowns in a single season.
Robinson quickly struck an accord with new coach Bill O'Brien and quarterback Matt McGloin, and subsequently caught nine passes for 97 receiving yards in the team's first game of the year, a 24–14 loss to Ohio on September 1. In the following week, on September 8, he had 10 receptions for 89 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown, the first of his collegiate career, on a 30-yard reception in the 17–16 loss to Virginia. In the first game since Shawney Kersey was dismissed from the team, Robinson responded by catching five passes for 136 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns in a 34–7 victory over Navy. After the game, Penn State assistant head coach and wide receivers coach Stan Hixon remarked, "Obviously he's made a big improvement from the spring, and from the spring we saw that he has potential to be a really good receiver. Each and every day, he's getting better and better at running routes, coming out of routes, and also, a much better job catching the ball in his hands. He has done a good job getting separation in certain routes, like we ask him to do, and he's been a really good student of the game." On September 22, he had five receptions for 82 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown in a 24–13 victory over Temple. On October 6, he had nine receptions for 85 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in a 39–28 victory over #24 Northwestern. On October 20, he had six receptions for 39 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown in a 38–14 victory over Iowa. Robinson set a single season record for most receptions in a season on November 17 as part of an effort in which he finished with 10 receptions, 197 receiving yards, and three receiving touchdowns in a 45–22 victory over Indiana. His 197 receiving yards were the most in a game by a Penn State receiver since Deon Butler had 216 in 2006. He surpassed Bobby Engram and O. J. McDuffie, who had each recorded 63 receptions in a season.
Robinson was born in Detroit, Michigan. He attended St. Mary's Preparatory, where he played on the football team. In his senior season, he led the Eaglets to the Division 3 State Championship, where they lost 35–27 to East Grand Rapids High School. He was a teammate of former Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden. In addition to football, Robinson was a competitor for the St. Mary's Preparatory track and field team. Robinson committed to Penn State on November 29, 2010 after being recruited by Penn State assistant coach Ron Vanderlinden. He had also received offers from Minnesota, Buffalo, and Toledo.
Robinson appeared in 12 games and caught three passes for 29 yards during his freshman year in 2011 under head coach Joe Paterno. On September 10, 2011, he had one reception for 12 receiving yards, the first of his collegiate career, in a 27–11 loss to #3 Alabama. He made his first career start on the road against #15 Wisconsin in a vital game that would help determine the Big Ten Leaders Division champion.
After losing Justin Brown, who transferred to Oklahoma, Devon Smith, who transferred to Marshall, and Curtis Drake, who was dismissed after a violation of team rules, Robinson was quickly thrust into the spotlight as the team's number one returning wide receiver in 2012 under new head coach Bill O'Brien.
In his sophomore season, Robinson totaled 77 receptions for 1,018 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns, which all led the Big Ten Conference in 2012. His 77 receptions were the most by a sophomore in school history. He won the Richter–Howard Receiver of the Year award for the 2012 season.
In the fifth game of the regular season at Indiana, Robinson recorded a season-high 12 receptions for 173 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in the 44–24 loss. On October 26, 2013, Robinson tied his season-highs after catching 12 passes for 173 receiving yards and scored a receiving touchdown in a 63–14 loss to #4 Ohio State. On November 23, he had eight receptions for 106 receiving yards in a 23–20 loss to Nebraska. In his last career collegiate game, he finished with a total of eight receptions for 122 receiving yards in a 31–24 victory over #14 Wisconsin. He finished his junior season with a total of 97 receptions for 1,432 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions, while starting all 12 regular season games. His reception and receiving yard totals led the Big Ten Conference in 2013. Robinson finished his collegiate career with the second-most receptions, third-most receiving yards, and fifth-most receiving touchdowns in school history.
In Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers, Robinson caught seven passes for 102 receiving yards as the Bears lost 10–3. In Week 2 against the Denver Broncos, Robinson caught four passes for 41 receiving yards as the Bears won 16–14. With seconds left on the game clock, Robinson caught a 25-yard pass from quarterback Mitchell Trubisky that set up a 53-yard game winning field goal by Eddy Piñeiro. In Week 5 against the Oakland Raiders, Robinson caught seven passes for 97 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in the 24–21 loss. In Week 12 against the New York Giants, Robinson caught six passes for 131 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown in the 19–14 win. In Week 13 against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day, Robinson caught eight passes for 86 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown in the 24–20 win. In the following week's game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football, Robinson caught five passes for 48 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in the 31–24 win. In Week 15 against the Packers, Robinson caught seven passes for 125 receiving yards in the 21–13 loss. During the game, Robinson reached 1,000 receiving yards on the season for the first time since 2015. He became the first Bears receiver to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a single season since Alshon Jeffery in 2014. Robinson finished the 2019 season with a career high in receptions with 98 for 1,147 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns.
The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Robinson in the second round with the 61st overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He was the 11th wide receiver selected and the second receiver drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014, behind Marqise Lee who was selected in the second round at 39th overall. In addition, Robinson was one of three Penn State Nittany Lions to be selected that year. On June 21, 2014, the Jaguars signed Robinson to a four-year, $3.51 million contract that included $1.17 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $877,718.
Robinson became was the first wide receiver to lead the Big Ten in receptions and yardage since 1985. He won the Richter–Howard Receiver of the Year award for the second consecutive season. Robinson was named an All-American by The Sporting News and Phil Steele named Robinson to his second-team All-America squad. On January 2, 2014, he announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.
After Robinson and Hurns both had breakout seasons in 2015 with over 60 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards, and 10 touchdown receptions each, they were nicknamed "Thunder and Lightning" and "The Allen Brothers".
In the season opener, he caught one pass for 27 receiving yards in a 9–20 loss to the Carolina Panthers. The next game, Robinson caught six passes for a season-high 155 receiving yards and scored two receiving touchdowns during a 23–20 victory over the Miami Dolphins On October 11, he had seven receptions for 72 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in the 38–31 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the next game on October 18, he had six receptions for 86 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown in the 31–20 loss to the Houston Texans. The next week, he had six receptions for 98 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown in a 34–31 victory over the Buffalo Bills. On November 8, he had six receptions for 121 receiving yards in the 28–23 victory over the New York Jets. On November 19, he had five receptions for 113 receiving yards in a 19–13 victory over the Tennessee Titans. On December 20, Robinson caught a season-high 10 receptions for 153 receiving yards and a season-high three receiving touchdowns during a 39–42 loss to the Tennessee Titans. On December 27, he had six receptions for 151 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown in the 38–27 loss to the New Orleans Saints. His receiving touchdown in the game was a 90-yard reception, which was the longest in the NFL for the 2015 season and the longest play from scrimmage in franchise history. In the regular season finale on January 3, 2016, he had five receptions for 108 receiving yards in a 30–6 loss to the Houston Texans as the Jaguars finished with a 5–11 record.
The Jacksonville Jaguars finished the season with a dismal 3–13 record and head coach Gus Bradley was fired after Week 15. Interim head coach Doug Marrone was hired on January 9, 2017. Robinson finished the 2016 season with 73 receptions for 883 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns.
During Week 1 against the Houston Texans, Robinson had one reception for 17 yards but had to leave the game early in the first quarter with an apparent knee injury. Hours later, it was confirmed that his left knee was diagnosed with a torn ACL, which prematurely ended his 2017 season. He was placed on injured reserve on September 12, 2017.
Robinson finished the 2018 season with 55 catches for 754 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns. He received an overall grade of 77.7 from Pro Football Focus in 2018, which ranked as the 28th highest grade among all qualifying wide receivers. In his postseason debut, a 16–15 defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card Round, Robinson set two postseason franchise records: 10 receptions, which tied with Matt Forte, and 143 receiving yards.
On March 14, 2018, Robinson signed a three-year, $42 million contract with the Chicago Bears. He was part of a position group that contained Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller, and Josh Bellamy. He made his Bears debut in the season opener against the Green Bay Packers on NBC Sunday Night Football, recording a team-high 61 yards. The next week, he brought in a season-high 10 receptions for 83 yards in a 24–17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football. On September 30, he scored his first receiving touchdown with the Bears on a 14-yard reception from Mitchell Trubisky in a 48–10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The next week, he scored again against the Miami Dolphins on a 12-yard catch as part of a 64-yard performance on five receptions in the 31–28 overtime loss. In Week 10, a 34–22 victory over the Detroit Lions, Robinson had six catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns.
On March 9, 2021, the Bears placed the franchise tag on Robinson. He signed the one-year tender on March 24.