A few years ago, I was sitting in Los Barrios with my family. There was moment when the energy in the entire restaurant went up. Even from my seat, I was able to see that the excitement was caused by David Robinson. His head was visible from over the partition. He was congenial and spent time greeting everyone on his way to the table. And lo and behold, the fates of Spurs fandom were shining on me and he was seated at the next table.
I wanted so badly to say hello, to introduce myself, to share one of my favorite stories. Even more, I wanted to respect his privacy. And so I did, but I was able to witness just how grateful he is for his station in life.
His dinner guest was either gathering information on Robinson or being shown the town, and Robinson spoke respectfully of San Antonio and his post NBA ventures including his educational contributions. I was glad to be within earshot.
Robinson is the truest embodiment of everything wonderful about the Spurs and their hometown of San Antonio. He is accessible, honest, dignified, and refined. And in this Spurs’ fans opinion, he is the reason the Spurs are who they are today.
Today is David Robinson’s fifty-third birthday. If you find yourself sitting next to him in a restaurant today, send him a piece of cake and wish him a happy birthday.
And for those of you too young to ever have watched the man in action, here’s some highlights.
David, you changed the game in San Antonio, gave us hope that still permeates to this day, and kept the league classy.
Happy birthday, #50. Our favorite.
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