Times have been tough for the Javelina football team this season, given that they’ve lost six games in a row, but one thing, or rather, one person, has remained constant. His name is Robert Armstrong, senior wide receiver from Cuero, Texas.
Armstrong has been the leader of the Javelina offense for the past couple of seasons and has accumulated numbers that no former Javelina receiver has ever achieved.
Armstrong currently holds the record for most receptions in one season, most receiving yards in a season and recently just broke Ryan Lincoln’s all-time career record of 210 receptions. Armstrong currently stands at 212 career receptions and counting with two games left.
Armstrong said it’s an honor to go down with the greats who have played at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK).
“It feels real good to know that I’m going down in the history books forever as the all-time leader in receptions, knowing that the people who laid the way for me were great receivers in their own way,” Armstrong said.
Armstrong said he also paid homage to former teammate and record holder Ryan Lincoln.
“I talked to Ryan Lincoln a few days ago. He congratulated me on breaking the record,” Armstrong said. “I really looked up to him and he taught me a lot of things and I’m just happy that I could break it and he was happy for me.”
Growing up in Cuero, Armstrong said he always had football around him. Cuero is rich in tradition with high school football. Being home on a Friday night in Cuero usually meant that something just wasn’t right with you, it’s the kind of town that shuts down shops when the big game comes, Armstrong said.
He accomplished a lot of things at Cuero High School. Throughout his high school career, Armstrong’s teams only lost a combined four games. The
four years Armstrong played for Cuero, they always made it to the state semi-final game.
It was Armstrong’s junior and senior seasons where he really broke out in the football scene, though. As a junior and senior, Armstrong had back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons. His senior season, Armstrong earned All-State as a wide receiver and defensive back with an All-State honorable mention for kickoff return.
Armstrong said TAMUK has the best fans and is the reason he decided to come to Kingsville.
“The community here embraces football, and even though we are not having the best season, we still got the fans in the stands,” Armstrong said. “It reminds me a lot of my hometown. That’s why I ended up coming here.”
Armstrong said he will miss the community of Kingsville when he graduates in December.
“The community and ties I’ve made with people here … I am going to miss that,” Armstrong said. “And there is nothing like playing in Javelina Stadium.”
Armstrong wants to be remembered as someone who did it the right way, someone who played the game hard and who never gave up.
“I want people to think of me as a great guy, a model citizen, someone who never did anything to embarrass the program. I graduated with a degree and didn’t come in here and mess up the opportunity that Kingsville offered,” Armstrong said. “I want to be remembered as one of the greatest receivers to ever play … when people ask about who this Robert Armstrong guy was, I want them to say nothing but good things about me and that I played the game the way it was supposed to be played.”