Sad news on a Saturday as former Buccaneers workhorse running back from the early 90s, Reggie Cobb, has died unexpectedly at the age of 50.
Cobb had been an NFL scout for close to the past 20 years, including with the San Francisco 49ers since 2009.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) April 20, 2019
49ers GM John Lynch said of the news,
“We are devastated by the sudden loss of a tremendous teammate and loyal friend, Reggie Cobb. Reggie was an enthusiastic and passionate person who had a special ability to brighten up a room with his personality and infectious smile. For 10 years, the 49ers were better because of Reggie and these unique qualities that he possessed. He was a top-notch scout and an exemplary man whose years of service to this organization and the National Football League will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this time of mourning.”
Cobb was a second-round pick of the Bucs by coach Ray Perkins in 1990 out of the University of Tennessee. He ran for 480 yards and two touchdowns starting 13 games his rookie year.
Cobb’s best season came in 1992 under then, first-year coach Sam Wyche, when he finished with 1,171 yards on the ground and a career-high nine touchdowns. Cobb went on to play for the Green Bay Packers, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets before retiring after the 1996 season.
Cobb got into scouting first with the Washington Redskins in 2001, then came back to the team that drafted him, Tampa Bay, as a scout for six years before joining the 49ers where he’s been for the past decade.
Cobb actually played his final season in Tampa Bay with Lynch, who was a rookie in 1993.
Tributes began to poured in very quickly from those around the league that have been around Cobb, including ESPN analyst and former NFL scout and personnel executive, Louis Riddick:
The passing of Reggie Cobb in a word is devastating. The amount of time I spent w/him as a scout & friend over the past 18 years simply talking ball & laughing as hard as I have ever laughed is what I will keep with me forever. Rest easy RC & prayers to his family. I love you.
— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) April 20, 2019
Cobb had been honored, as the NFC Scout of the Year in 2011 by the Fritz Pollard Alliance.
Cobb had a checkered college career at Tennessee that included him rushing for over 2,300 yards and 26 touchdowns. He left the Vols program in 1989, as its third all-time leading rusher.
Here was one of the big moments of his career with a lengthy TD run breaking tackles in the rain in Knoxville, as Tennessee knocked off Auburn in September of his final season:
— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) April 20, 2019
However, Cobb battled drug problems, including failing four different drug tests before eventually being kicked off the team for good in late in his final season.
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