Stafford High grad comes marching in with the Saints

By SMSD Communications

(Photos by Joe Southern) Craig Robertson, a 2006 Stafford High graduate, is now playing for the New Orleans Saints. He is pictured here during the Saints pre-season game against the Houston Texans on Aug. 20.

(Photos by Joe Southern)
Craig Robertson, a 2006 Stafford High graduate, is now playing for the New Orleans Saints. He is pictured here during the Saints pre-season game against the Houston Texans on Aug. 20.

Craig Robertson, a 2006 Stafford High graduate, returned to the Houston area Aug. 20 to face the Houston Texans as a first-year member of the New Orleans Saints in a pre-season game at NRG Stadium.

The 28-year-old Robertson, who joined the Saints during the off-season, spent his first five NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns. It was the former Spartan linebacker’s first trip to NRG Stadium as an athlete, but not his first tussle with the Texans.

On Nov. 16, 2014, Robertson finished with 11 tackles in a 23-7 loss to Houston in Cleveland, Ohio.

In his Saints pre-season debut, Robertson registered a game-high six tackles against the New England Patriots on Aug. 11 in Foxboro, Mass. Against the Texans, Robertson had two tackles and two assists.

Robertson is a Stafford Municipal School District (Stafford MSD) guy through-and-through. He attended the school district throughout his formative years and made his football debut with the Stafford Cobras Youth Football Team. That squad was coached by Rodney Butler, who currently serves as a trustee on the Stafford MSD school board.

“He played middle linebacker and fullback for me, and he would lead the way down the field,” Butler said. “Craig is the ultimate team player.”

Robertson played varsity football for the late Mike Konicki at Stafford High, and also played basketball and baseball. In basketball, he was part of a Stafford High team that finished second at state.

He graduated from the University of North Texas and, in 2012, became the second Stafford High graduate to reach the NFL. The first was Adrian Awasom, a fellow UNT alum who won a Super Bowl ring with the New York Giants in 2008.

Robertson, who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 234 pounds, persevered to make it at football’s top level. He went undrafted out of UNT and made the Browns’ practice squad in 2011.

He impressed Cleveland management enough to make the active roster in 2012, and has 336 tackles (including tackles and assists), six interceptions, five fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles through his first four active seasons.

Robertson is hoping for another Homecoming in February, as Super Bowl LI will be played at NRG Stadium – just six days before Robertson’s 29th birthday.

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