NFL running back Robert Turbin returns to Fremont this weekend to host a youth football academy at Irvington High School, his alma mater.
Turbin, who won a Super Bowl ring two and a half years ago with the Seattle Seahawks, is expected to be joined by several other NFL players at the Saturday and Sunday camp for boys 8 to 18 years old. The other players are Victor Butler, Will Davis, Lawrence Guy, Winston Guy, Malik Jackson, Nevin Lawson, Terrance Mitchell, Marlon Moore, Sio Moore, Bobby Wagner and Trey Williams.
Turbin, 26, graduated from Irvington High in 2007, where two years earlier he led the Vikings to a league championship. The school retired Turbin’s No. 6 jersey. He went on to play at Utah State University.
A running back, Turbin played in Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014, when the Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos, and Super Bowl XLIX the next year when they lost to the New England Patriots. He has played four pro seasons with Seattle, Cleveland and Dallas, and in March signed with the Indianapolis Colts.
Irvington High School Athletic Director Michelle Stone said this is the second time Turbin is hosting a football camp on campus. The first time was in 2014 and be brought his Super Bowl ring then, she said.
Stone, who teaches special education and is in her fifth year as the school’s athletic director, said Turbin may not be a star player like his former Seattle teammate Marshawn Lynch, but he is spoken of highly.
“He was always one of those quiet leaders,” she said.
For its role in developing and supporting Turbin’s career, Irvington earned a spot this year on the NFL’s Super Bowl High School Honor Roll. In celebration of Super Bowl 50, played Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the NFL celebrated the players and coaches of the previous 49 world championship games and their high schools and communities by sending out commemorative golden footballs to the high school of every player or head coach on an active roster in a Super Bowl.
A dinner and auction, to be attended by Turbin and other NFL players, is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Buffalo Wild Wings, 43821 Pacific Commons Blvd. Turbin is expected to give Buffalo Wild Wings one of his jerseys to be framed and hanged in the restaurant.
There will also be a raffle throughout the night to benefit Turbin’s Runnin4u Foundation, which is dedicated to raising awareness about multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy and finding a cure for them.