Wan’Dale Robinson reveling newfound relationship with dad – MajorUpdates

The phrases have been so painful for Dale Robinson to talk, and so painful for Wan’Dale Robinson, the 6-year-old on the opposite facet of the jail’s glass partition, to listen to. 

“I had to tell Wan’Dale that I was gonna be gone for 10 years,” Dale Robinson started. 

“He understood that his dad wasn’t gonna be able to take him to practice no more or Chuck E. Cheese no more.” 

Wan’Dale Robinson is a Giants rookie now, working to sunlight at a time when his father is rebuilding his life and working from the darkness of incarceration towards the father-son relationship they each dearly missed. 

“We were always together, he was always taking me to my football practices, taking me to the mall, taking me to Chuck E. Cheese, taking me just really wherever I wanted to go that day, whatever it was,” Wan’Dale instructed The Post. “Then I see him and then he’s just telling me like these things can’t happen, that he can’t do those things for anymore. … I remember just crying … not really understanding why it had to happen.” 

His father had been a backup choice quarterback at Western Kentucky, till he refused to take a urine check after smoking weed and left college throughout his sophomore 12 months, when Wan’Dale was six months previous. Dale Robinson ended up in correction amenities, first in Lexington, Ky., 32 miles from his Frankfort residence, then in Morgantown, W.Va., for 4 years for distributing cocaine, and in the end in a pair of New Jersey correctional amenities: Fort Dix and Fairton. 

Wan'Dale Robinson and Dale Robinson at Fairton, NJ prison
Wan’Dale Robinson and Dale Robinson at Fairton, NJ jail
Courtesy of Dale Robinson

Wan’Dale by no means received to see his father in Morgantown. It could be roughly 5 years earlier than he noticed him the following time, in Fairton. 

“It was the best feeling in the world,” Dale Robinson mentioned. “I got to hug him, to love on him. But when it was time for me to go and the visit was over, tears were welling up in his eyes — I really wanted to go with him and I know he wanted me to go with him, but I couldn’t.” 

“He looked really different, a lot more muscle and dreads,” Wan’Dale mentioned. “I was just happy to see him. It just kinda felt like it was like old times.” 

Wan’Dale’s mom, Victoria Davis, made certain father and son spoke weekly at the very least. 

“I used my minutes very wisely,” Dale mentioned. And urged his son to make good selections. 

“Me explaining to him what I did wrong that he don’t have to do that,” Dale mentioned. “It’s not just about him, some people that you’re around can make bad decisions that gets you messed up too.” 

Dale Robinson was 39 when he walked again into freedom on July 15, 2015. 

“His mom picked me up, so I got to see him for maybe like an hour, then I had to go to the halfway house,” Dale mentioned. “Probably one of the best days of my life. They say you only remember two days — the day you go and get locked up, and the day you get out. That day … that’s priceless. I don’t ever want to relive it again, though.” 

Wan’Dale Robinson takes the field at Giants rookie minicamp.
Wan’Dale Robinson takes the sector at Giants rookie minicamp.
Bill Kostroun/New York Post
Wan’Dale Robinson speaks to the media at Giants rookie minicamp.
Wan’Dale Robinson speaks to the media at Giants rookie minicamp.
Bill Kostroun/New York Post

Neither does Wan’Dale. 

“I got out of football practice, I got home and then everybody was waiting on my dad. He got out of the car and I just remember we just hugged and cried,” Wan’Dale mentioned. “I knew that things were gonna be different with the way that he was living life and I knew that I really didn’t have to worry about him getting back into that life.” 

They are nearer than ever now, the anger {that a} confused Wan’Dale had harbored in direction of his father gone. 

“Whenever I really understood what happened, I was upset,” Wan’Dale mentioned. 

It didn’t take lengthy for the son to forgive his father. 

“We all make mistakes at the end of the day,” Wan’Dale mentioned. “It wasn’t anything where I just hated him or anything like that.” 

Dale began a health club, known as G.U.R.U. Fitness, in Frankfort. A second one will open in Lexington subsequent month. He began the Wanda Joyce Robinson Foundation, named after his mom, to help children with incarcerated dad and mom. He is definite that New York will fall in love together with his son, an electrical, versatile 5-foot-8, 178-pound jitterbug. 

“People always been doubting him because of his size,” Dale mentioned. “It’s been like that since he started playing football. But then they come and find out he’s the littlest guy but he carries the biggest punch.” 

Wan'Dale Robinson and his father Dale.
Wan’Dale Robinson and his father Dale.
Courtesy of Dale Robinson
Wan'Dale Robinson and his father Dale.
Wan’Dale Robinson and his father Dale.
Courtesy of Dale Robinson

He takes credit score for molding Wan’Dale’s mentality. 

“He’s the best player on the field, no matter who’s on that field,” Dale mentioned. “That I embedded in him since he was 5-years-old.” 

Too many misplaced years later, Wan’Dale can’t look ahead to the day when his father is within the stands watching him notice his dream. 

“It’ll be crazy … he put me to bed, I’m going to sleep watching NFL Network. … Just to see it all unfold and now I’m playing in the NFL and he’ll be in the stands watching, it’s just gonna be real surreal.” 

Better late than by no means.


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