Dolphins linebacker Jaelan Phillips attributes love of music to his world-famous grandfather – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

(WSVN) – In some cases, life after football leads to the broadcast booth or a coaching role, but for Miami Dolphins linebacker Jaelan Phillips, his post-football career is more classic and that’s the one he attributes to his grandfather.

Phillips is currently targeting opposing quarterbacks, but his love for music runs deep. “A lot of things you do in life transfer to different parts of your life,” he said.

Jon Robertson isn’t just Phillip’s grandfather, he’s a world-renowned pianist, bandleader, and Dean of the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton.

Robertson thinks his grandson’s love of music is also felt on the football field. “The aspect that transcends is discipline,” he said. “To be a good musician in any field or genre, you have to be disciplined. Discipline should be your middle name.

Phillips learned to play piano and guitar at a very young age while his parents performed as musicians in orchestras. “My mother is a cellist [and] my dad was a trumpeter,” he said. “All my life growing up I was around symphonic music. I was around an eclectic range of different types of music. My dad is a big rocker, classic rock, alternative rock, a bunch of stuff like that. Old school rap. My mom kind of introduced me to the classic side.

Being a rapper or a singer isn’t a career Phillips strives for, but he has experience engineering music videos.

In the summer of 2020, Phillips designed “Blackout Day” by MYLESTONE. The song was made during nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd. “We kind of wanted to make a statement and so [we] putting it all together, doing the beat, having it designed and produced and he rapped on it so we put out a really great product,” he said.

Both Phillips and Robertson share their passion for football.

“When I talk to Jaelen I try to get into his head about this football story. The different rooms, the different things you have to do… you have to be smart and Jaelan is very smart,” Robertson said. .

“He had a huge influence. He really is the one I admire. It’s him I idolize as a man. He is the most God-fearing perfect father. He’s everything I could hope to be, so he’s definitely been a big part of all my inspiration,” Phillips said.

Robertson is proud of what his grandson has accomplished but also thinks Phillips could one day come back to play guitar.

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