JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There they sat on a shelf in Denard Robinson's locker, an inch or so from the edge, quite visible to anyone walking by.
Two collectible figures of Robinson in Michigan home and road uniforms in action poses. He’s throwing the football, of course, since he was a quarterback for the Wolverines.
That sounds neat to someone like you and me, especially since they don’t make sports writer action figures, but it apparently violated one of those unwritten locker room codes and Robinson’s teammates good-naturedly jumped all over him once they were alerted to the figures’ presence.
"Pretty conceited," said receiver Cecil Shorts, whose locker is about 20 steps away. "If that’s what he wants to portray himself as, feel free."
Said defensive end Andre Branch: "That’s a bit much."
Running back Jordan Todman smiled when he saw the action figures and immediately deemed them a fineable offense.
"It’s called reminiscing," Todman said as he called Toby Gerhart over to Robinson’s locker to see them. "We can’t talk about what we did in the past. We’ve got to move forward."
If there was going to be one person in the locker room who had Robinson’s back it would have to be quarterback Chad Henne, the only other Michigan alum on the roster. Not so much.
"He’s big time now," Henne said.
The Wolverine camaraderie apparently has a limit.
"Take it out of the locker room, at least," Henne said. "I mean, c’mon."
Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks, whose locker is on the row that backs up to the row that includes Robinson’s locker, said he and the rest of the defensive linemen had no idea about the action figures. Those skill guys live in a different world, he said.
"I don’t go over to that side [of the locker room]. I stay in the hood," he said. "We don’t go over there to Hollywood."
But does he have a problem with Robinson having action figures of himself in his locker?
"We haven’t been on the cover of a game," said Marks, referencing Robinson’s appearance on the cover of EA Sports’ "NCAA Football 14" video game. "When you’ve been on the cover you can do that."
All of these comments were compiled while Robinson was lifting and not at his locker so he was unaware that he was going to have to explain himself when he did return.
"One of the fans [at the Jaguars’ open OTA last Thursday] gave it to me out there when I was coming in," Robinson said. "He gave me another one before. Actually he gave me a Jacksonville one last year."
Okay, but you left them on a shelf in your locker? You had to know that was not going to end well.
"Actually, I was trying to take them home but I didn’t want to take them upstairs [where the players eat lunch]," he said. "I’m trying to be low key.
"I should have hid them, right?"
Then Robinson found out about his impending fine.
"Man, that’s messed up," he said.
Robinson did finally defend himself, and he does make a good point.
"I mean, not a lot of people get a chance to have one of these so I’m glad I could collect that and have fun with that," he said.
Not nearly as much fun as his teammates are having.