WASHINGTON — A Commanders rookie running back had a huge game on the field against the the Atlanta Falcons last week, but it was his even bigger off-the-field fashion statement that had social media buzzing.
In the locker room following the game, Brian Robinson was seen wearing a big Commanders hat. And we do mean big. Robinson said he got the hat, customized with a Commanders logo, from a family friend.
The company who makes the hats is called Noggin Boss and it's based in Phoenix, Arizona. Owners of the company told TMZ Sports that Robinson's hat-tip to the company resulted in a 2,000% increase in sales.
Robinson is part of a one-two punch with Antonio Gibson that keeps defenses off balance on the ground and has the team 7-5 and sitting in playoff position with five games to go. Robinson had 18 carries for a career-high 105 yards along with two receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 19-13 victory against Atlanta. Stats that are made all the more impressive as it has only been three months since he was shot in an attempted robbery in D.C.
Robinson received the game ball for his efforts Sunday. Robinson thanked his teammates for their support after the shooting.
"Since all this stuff happened back in August, everybody in this room has shown me unconditional love and support. Just to help me get to this point, I couldn't be more thankful," Robinson said.
Robinson's large headwear got the sports world buzzing. The Washington Capitals got in on the fun, as well as ESPN sports anchor Scott Van Pelt.
Following the Buffalo Bills' win over the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football, quarterback Josh Allen wore a big hat of his own.
The Commanders will take on the New York Giants on Sunday.
The Giants, who last made the playoffs in 2016, and the Commanders both control their postseason destinies. They seemingly are playing for wild-card spots along with NFC East rival Dallas (8-3). Philadelphia (10-1) leads the division.
We will have to wait and see whether Robinson's hat makes the trip to New York for a victory celebration on Sunday.
If you're looking to get your own big hat, they start at $75 and could cost an extra $50 depending on customization options.