Tyrell Robinson’s historic punt-return touchdown finished with a feel-good moment against Villanova Saturday.
Robinson crossed the goal line after an electric 73-yard run and headed toward Bob Jones, a 1965 West Point graduate. Army’s junior running back fist-bumped with Jones, a former Prisoner of War (POW).
“I just saw him in the end zone once I scored,” Robinson told CBS Sports Network sideline reporter Tina Cervasio. “I gave him a little dap up. It was a great moment for me. I was excited to see him and it was a great opportunity to really say hi to him.”
Jones, who flew more than 80 combat mission during the Vietnam War, was honored for his service during the game and received a standing ovation from the Michie Stadium crowd.
Jones spent 1,882 days as a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down, forcing him to eject into enemy territory on Jan. 18, 1968. He was released on March 14, 1973.
A decorated officer, Jones has received two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars for valor in combat, two Purple Hearts and the POW Medal for his service.