The relief is evident on Janarius Robinson’s face. More than two years after Hurricane Michael, Robinson and his mom, Cherine Duncan, have moved back in to their rebuilt home.
The storm tore through Panama City in October 2018 and demolished thousands of homes and businesses. Among those was their house, where Duncan grew up and also raised Janarius. Duncan often stayed with friends and continued working in Panama City, while Robinson was able to stay in Tallahassee.
“Just been happy for my mother, who has not really been living in a stable condition for two years,” Robinson said on a Zoom with writers this week. “Her being able to go back home to somewhere that she can call home, her having her own house, I’m just happy for that.”
The house was rebuilt on the exact property and to the specifications Duncan set. A gofundme account was approved by the NCAA and more than 2,300 people contributed $142,000.
“I’m so grateful for the fan base and FSU and whoever else that donated during our time of need,” Duncan told the Osceola in Oct. 2019. “My main thing is I didn’t want any of that to go buy clothes, shoes, anything. I want every bit that was raised to go to building that house. And that is what is being done.”
Robinson has 22 tackles, seven tackles for loss and three sacks going into Saturday’s home game against Duke. It may be his last home game at FSU as the senior must decide about his plans.
“We got two more games left,” Robinson said. “We can’t take these days for granted. The last two games got cancelled. Who knows what the future holds. So each and every day it’s a blessing to be out on the field. I’m just trying to be more consistent and it started at practice. I just started trying to stack days together. The last week and a half I feel like I’ve been stacking those days and getting better as a player all around.”
Robinson and Duncan also shared their story in a video interview with Seminoles.com: