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Craig Roberston keeps it real after Saints season ends in heartache….AGAIN

"It’s a play that changed memories for a lot of people"

Steve Geller
January 21, 2019 - 3:11 pm

When a season ends without a championship, players and fans are always left wanting. But, it’s been downright painful for the Saints though.  Last years’ finale in Minnesota was a punch to the gut, while the overtime loss at home to the Rams in the NFC championship feels almost like we were all violated here in New Orleans. Give Los Angeles credit for making some key plays in crunch time, but no flag thrown when Tommylee Lewis was blown up on 3rd down late in the 4th quarter was like the refs were the ones wearing the ski masks this game.

“It’s going to be difficult, said linebacker Craig Roberston as he was cleaning out his locker at the team’s facility. “It’s going to be difficult, more so for the rest of our lives. It’s a play that changed memories for a lot of people. Changed memories for a lot of families. Changed a lot of things, but at the end of the day, us as players, all we can do is play the game. We’ve got to find a way to take the high road. Even though as hard as it is, as hard that it will be, as hard that it will ever be, we just have to find a way to take the high road. Just realize God does everything for a reason and understand his purpose. You can’t be a believer if you don’t trust the acts that are given.”

This season seemed special. Heck, this season was special. The Saints battled all year to earn the top seed in the NFC, but the only thing most will remember about it is being robbed of a trip to the Super Bowl.  It’s not fair, and there’s nothing you, I, or the team can do about it. But, as hard as it may be, looking at the good instead of the bad is the most productive thing to do. 

“Same thing happened last year,” explained Robertson about their season ending abruptly. “We’ve done it, we’ve done this before. We know how to bounce back. Just watching the heartbreak from last year coming into this year, guys walked in here day one with a whole different mindset. So I can guarantee it’s going to be like that even more.”

The most difficult thing to deal with though is that this 2018 team will be different from the 2019 squad. We already know tight end Benjamin Watson is retiring and there will be guys who end up leaving in free agency.  Roberston says that’s the toughest part about football. 

“We gelled so much as a team. Not offense, defense, special teams; as a team,” said the special teams captain.  “I’ve never been close to so many guys on a team in my life. I’m talking college and high school. And I grew up with guys in high school and I’m still close with them, but I’m talking about guys that genuinely care for each other. Like, our wives bible study group is huge. No one talks about them behind the scenes, but their so close that when we lose they hurt. We had kids crying, that’s how close we are. We just have to find a way to keep that together and keep on moving.

Roberston is on of the players who heads into this offseason about to become a free agent. He will turn 31 years old in February and wants to be back in Black & Gold to take care of some unfinished business. 

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