The Survivor community lost Clifford Robinson on Saturday, who died at the age of 53. Clifford was most known for his NBA career.
Before he was dominating challenges in Survivor: Cagayan, Clifford Robinson had an impressive resumé in the NBA. He played college basketball at UConn before being a second round pick by the Portland Trailblazers in 1989.
Robinson played in Portland until 1997 and then bounced around the league, playing for the Phoenix Suns (1997-2001), Detroit Pistons (2001-2003), Golden State Warriors (2003-2005), and New Jersey Nets (2005-2007) before hanging up the cleats after close to 20 years in the league.
Here were some of his accomplishments during his prestigious NBA career:
- 2x All-Defensive Player
- 1x All-Star
- Averaged 14.2 points per game
- Averaged 4.6 rebounds per game
- Averaged 2.2 assists per game
- Averaged 1 steal per game
- Made it to the playoffs in all but one season (missed 2003-2004 with the Warriors)
Cliff is obviously known for the time he spent in the NBA, but for those reading this article, that probably means you remember him partaking in Survivor: Cagayan, the 28th season of the show. Clifford was a part of the first Brains vs Brawn vs Beauty twist and rightfully was on the Brawn tribe.
He and the other five members of the Brawn tribe were dominant and his tribe even tried to throw a challenge to get him out, but they still managed to win (mostly because the Brains tribe was comically bad).
A tribe swap occurred shortly after and went from three tribes to two tribes. Cliff landed with all of his original Brawn tribe except for Sarah Lacina and was also joined by Jefra and LJ, making him think Brawn was in control. What Cliff didn’t know, however, was that eventual winner Tony Vlachos was gunning for him and took him out as soon as the new Aparri tribe went to tribal council.
As of now, Cliff’s cause of death has not been revealed, but he had experienced a slew of health issues over the year since he appeared on Cagayan. Our thoughts go out to Clifford’s family.