Love makes smart people do stupid things. Yes, I said love.
I don't know who made the decision, but clearly everyone, fans, media, players, wanted Robert to keep playing because they're all in love with him. You even see comments about how his intangibles, he's a better young man than a player, he was the leader from day one, he could lead men into war... like they expect to see miracles. Well, now he's only got one leg.
I watched the Cotton Bowl trying to project Johnny Football as an NFL player, and all I kept thinking was how small he is and that he's going to get his *** kicked.