Grown men aren’t supposed to cry. But there I was, watching Randall Cobb’s story, sobbing like a child.
The Big Blue Nation has been acquainted with Mr. Cobb for quite some time, but ESPN’s News Magazine (a la 60 Minutes) revealed to us more about Randall Cobb “the person” that we’d never experienced before.
ESPN’s Chris Connelly traveled to his hometown of Alcoa, Tennessee to tell his story from the beginning. The Cobb family was the steadfast pillar that kept him away from the rough kids in the neighborhood, even though they moved seven times during his childhood. He was always a great athlete, but he was small. If he wanted to play with the big dogs, he had to be able to take a lick because if he came home crying, Randall Sr. would kick him out of the house.
Before he was a football superstar, he excelled at baseball. As a 10-year old in 2001, he had a life-changing moment in the AABC World Series that will captivate your emotions.
After becoming achieving legendary status on the outskirts of Knoxville, everyone expected him to play for Rocky Top, but they never called. Instead Rich Brooks embraced the family, welcoming in one of the greatest players to ever put on the blue and white.
I could spout off his records and give you his accolades, but John Wall sums it up best:
“He was the main reason why I’d want to go to football games. One game I’d go to he’d be starting quarterback, the next he’d be starting wide receiver. He did everything for his team.”
After putting the team on his back and taking tons of hits, it was time for him to take his talents to the next level. He sat in the green room longer than anyone, killing time with “Words with Friends.” At the end of the day, he couldn’t have found a better place. Cobb’s career began with a bang.
His career-defining moment came against the Bears for the 2013 NFC North Division Championship. His first game back after an ugly leg injury, with time-expiring he had the game-winner. “I blacked out,” Cobb said. “I don’t know what you saw, but I blacked out.”
Those are simply the highlights. You should watch the emotional details yourself.