Clay, a safety from Hawaii, was released during the first mandatory cuts of training camp. Lyerla, the much-ballyhooed tight end from Oregon, hurt his knee two weeks into training camp, was released via injury settlement and then ran into more trouble with the law.
Well, let's just say his lunch hour on Thursday was better than theirs.
It was around noon on the day of the Packers-Vikings game when the rookie defensive tackle was summoned by a member of the personnel department -- he doesn't even know who -- to sign a contract that would place him on the team's 53-man roster after spending the first four weeks of the season on the practice squad.
About eight hours later, he would find himself in the middle of the game's most memorable play. In the second quarter, with defensive end Datone Jones already sidelined because of an ankle injury, Robinson was pressed into action. On a second-down play, he bull-rushed Vikings right tackle Phil Loadholt. When he gained the edge on him, the 6-foot-3, 301-pound Robinson closed fast on quarterback Christian Ponder, threw his right arm in the air and got a piece of Ponder's pass that seconds later would land in the arms of Julius Peppers, who returned it 49 yards for a touchdown.
"Actually I didn't know that was an interception until I looked back," Robinson said. "But I knew I touched the ball."
Robinson played 35 of 79 defensive snaps against the Vikings. According to Pro Football Focus, he not only had the one tipped pass but also a pair of quarterback hurries.
"I'm very happy for Luther," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "You watch what the young man did, starting in training camp, his work on the practice squad, then to have the opportunity tonight to make a play like that. It's always a little special when a young man steps up when he gets an opportunity and takes advantage of it."
Not bad for a guy who barely got a mention when he was signed after his tryout. (See paragraph 12 of 13).
The Packers were the only team to even offer him a tryout coming out of the University of Miami.
"It's been a long road, a very long road," Robinson said. "Without my mom and dad and God, I don't know if I would have made it, man."