Former UM star Denard Robinson OK after driving into pond

The Detroit News
Denard Robinson

Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is lucky to be alive.

Robinson, now an NFL running back with the Jaguars, and a woman were helped from a retention pond in Jacksonville after driving his Chevrolet Impala into the pond at 4:20 a.m. on Sunday, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Robinson, 25, was asleep at the wheel, according to the police report, but officers on the scene determined he was not impaired and he faces no charges. The woman, Marissa O. Staples, 29, also was asleep.

“The team is aware that running back Denard Robinson was involved in a single-car accident over the weekend and is thankful that nobody was injured,” the Jaguars said in a statement Tuesday.

“I just wanted to let everyone know that I was involved in a single-car accident on Saturday night, and thankfully, everyone was safe and remained unharmed,” Robinson said Tuesday on Twitter.

“I thank God every single day for the opportunities he has presented me with and I’m grateful every morning to wake up healthy.

“I should not have been driving that late or when I was that tired, but again, I’m just glad that everyone was safe. God Bless.”