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SAN JOSE, Calif. — It remains one of the most humiliating episodes in Super Bowl history. Eugene Robinson wants to make sure it doesn't happen again.
Robinson, a star safety for the Atlanta Falcons, was arrested and charged with soliciting sex from an undercover police officer the night before Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami. Although he played the next day, he gave up an 80-yard touchdown pass from John Elway to Rod Smith in Denver's 34-19 victory.
Robinson, now a radio and broadcast analyst for the Carolina Panthers, shared that experience with the team Sunday before it flew to California for Super Bowl 50. Robinson said Tuesday that he wanted remind the Panthers' players of what can go wrong in the days leading up to the Super Bowl.
"Like I told the guys, that was the worst night of my life," Robinson said. "The worst. Nothing else compares."
Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery said Robinson's message struck a chord.
"I don't want to get into specifics about what he said, but I think the message is clear of what we've preached all year long about being selfless and not putting yourself before the team," Cotchery said.
Carolina coach Ron Rivera called the speech "courageous."
"It was one of the bravest things I've seen a guy do," Rivera said. "When he got done, our guys gave him an ovation. For him to step up and relive that and tell the guys he was wrong, he forgot the reason why he was there, that's a huge message."
Allen, Davis move forward. The Panthers had an off day Tuesday, but defensive end Jared Allen and all-pro linebacker Thomas Davis continued to get extensive treatment.
Allen, who broke his foot against Seattle in the divisional round of the playoffs, practiced Monday and came through in good shape. So did Thomas, who broke his arm in the NFC championship game against the Arizona Cardinals and now has a metal plate and 12 screws holding together his right arm where one bone broke into two.
Rivera has been delaying a decision on playing Allen against the Broncos, but the coach indicated Tuesday that Allen will probably play.
"Going into this game having a veteran guy like Jared will pay dividends," Rivera said. "I think having an extra week off is huge for him."
Homecoming game. Allen has extra incentive to make sure he plays Sunday. Not only has the veteran never played in a Super Bowl, he would be playing close to his roots in near San Jose.
"I went to high school in (nearby) Morgan Hill and graduated from Los Gatos (High School), " he said. "This is my backyard; this is where I grew up. My mom lives like 15 minutes from here, and my dad trained horses and managed ranches all over the Bay Area. Then they moved to San Diego when I went to college. I mean, this is it. This is where it started."
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