Nevada cornerback Berdale Robins is lending a helping hand during the coronavirus pandemic by feeding the homeless in Los Angeles. Robins hatched the idea to aid the food insecure shortly after the Golden State began to quarantine. Robins will be a senior for the Nevada football team next season and could be in line for a starting position after setting career highs in tackles (18), interceptions (two) and fumble recoveries (one) as a junior. For Robins' effort in helping the homeless, he is Nevada Sports Net's Wolf Pack Athlete of the Month for April, an honor presented in partnership with Champion Chevrolet. You can watch our full interview with Robins below, or check out our Q&A with the senior cornerback.
Q&A with Berdale Robins
On how much he is missing football
Berdale Robins: "We were just getting ready to start spring ball when all of this stuff happened, so we didn't even get a taste of it. We're just ready to get back on the field."
On his inspiration behind feeding the homeless
BR: "It's just something I wanted to do as a kid. Driving the freeways, you see a lot of homeless people asking for money, and it's just sad. Doing some research, Los Angeles is the second-most populated in homeless towns in all of America, so that hit home for me. Just being around here, I wanted to make a difference. The first time around, I raised my own money to get about 60 meals out. The second time around, I was able to get 200 out with the help of my sisters and my brothers, just making the sandwiches, putting our money together. We're going to go back if not every week, every other week until this stuff is over. I was talking to one of the guys and he said normally they're forgotten about, but it's hitting even harder now with the coronavirus going on. I just want to look out for them as much as I can when I'm down here."
On some of his teammates helping the cause
BR: "Kaymen Cureton. Malik Henry. And I've got a buddy who went to L.A. High with us, Martin Andrus from UCLA. Just donations. Whatever they can do. They've just been pulling up, helping me support the movement."
On what his mentality adds to Nevada's roster
BR: "Just supreme confidence. One of my past L.A. coaches installed that in us. Just have supreme confidence. Know you're the best every time you step out there on the field, and try to have fun. No matter what the score is, go hard. That's what I believe in. That's what I'm trying to pass down to the younger guys in my room being the captain this year. That's what we want to attack the season with, that mindset."
On how much he is looking forward to his senior season
BR: "I'm eager. I'm so eager. I feel like I haven't been able to get into what I can do for this team over the last three years. Everything happens for a reason. I believe in God's timing. I'm going to try and soak it up all this season and make it worthwhile."
On so many SoCal kids being on Nevada's roster
BR: "The first word I think of is 'home.' It just feels like home. All of the guys you played against in high school for three years straight or played with, I have, like, three teammates I played with and 10 to 15 more guys I played against from the city. When you come from the same struggle, it's easy to get through whatever sprint or obstacles you have in practice. It feels like home."
On his love of producing films
BR: "When I was in high school, I used to make highlight films. Sometimes I still do it. I just helped one of my friends out. He needed to do a video for one of his class assignments, and I showed him how to do it and helped him out. Just any type of films. My brother is trying to start a company called OMO Promotions. It's called 'Optimism Meets Opportunity.' Basically he wants to start writing films. Just any kind of film, honestly. Eventually once I get enough funding, I want to try and make a movie or something. I like films. I'm into a lot of movies and videos and stuff like that."
On what he's been watching and what he'd like to make
BR: "I've been watching Money Heist on Netflix and Ozark. I want to make something authentic, maybe something like All-American, something about my story that people here can relate to or anywhere in the inner cities."
On his 'Take Money' mantra, which also is a clothing company
BR: "Basically, Take Money derived from something me and my teammates said in high school when we made an interception or a strip fumble or a sack or anything like that. I went to KC, Kaymen Cureton, and I told him, 'We should start a clothing company.' I didn't think much of it. I just put it in the air. A month later, he came with the logo and I'm, like, 'OK. Let's really do it.' We've just been pushing it. Basically what Take Money means is, 'Just go after your dreams with relentless effort.' It's not relative to any type of criminal activity at all. For example, me being a first-generation college student in my family, that's Take Money. You guys doing your job and getting up and feeding your family, that's Take Money. That's what Take Money is all about."
On where his entrepreneurial spirit came from
BR: "My biggest influences are my parents. For as long as I can remember, my mom has had a child-care business. She takes care of kids like a day care, her own. And my dad has a school bus company, so that's been instilled in me since I was a young boy. They used to send us to school to sell chips and stuff like that. I've been having a business mindset. Another inspiration to me is the late great Nipsey Hussle. He's from my area and he started his own company, came from the same background, he started his own clothing brand. He was a rapper. I obviously play ball. But it's almost the same thing. That's one of the biggest things for me."
On how proud his parents are of his accomplishments
BR: "Super. It's special. You guys know my story, all the stuff we've been going through. It's a special moment every time they can see me on TV or I can send them a grade where I got an 'A' on this assignment. I told them about this interview today and they were just ecstatic. Anytime we get to celebrate, we're going to take it up to the top."
On growing up in Los Angeles and losing family members
BR: "I come from South Central, a real crazy place. That's all we kind of see. Just me going to college, I wanted to be an inspiration for kids back home. My brothers were into the street life or whatever and got caught up. I don't think it'd do me any good to leave this university not putting in maximum effort on the field and not getting my degree. I just want to make them proud. I've got this tattoo on my arm that says 'LLMB,' and that stands for 'Long Live My Brothers,' and I got it specifically because when I flex it's like I'm staying strong for them."