A former star college football running back tragically passed away at the age of 50 this weekend.
Former Tennessee running back Reggie Cobb, who starred for the Volunteers in the late 1980s, reportedly died of a heart attack.
Cobb, a Knoxville native, played for Tennessee from 1987-89. He finished his career with 2,360 total rushing yards, 360 receiving yards, and 29 total touchdowns.
The Tennessee star’s best career game came against Auburn in 1989, when he rushed for 225 yards, the ninth-highest single-game total in program history.
#VFL Reggie Cobb passed away on Saturday.
He led the Vols in rushing in 1987 and 1988 before playing seven years in the NFL and embarking on a successful career as a scout.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cobb family.
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) April 20, 2019
“The Vol family lost one of its best in the passing of Reggie Cobb,” Tennessee Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer said. “Reggie was a great Vol, and a fantastic man. We all remember the great runs and the competitive spirit he played with at UT and the NFL.
“What people outside his circle did not see during and after his professional playing career, was the mentor he became to so many young men that he came into contact with. He influenced and changed lives for more than 30 years. Reggie will be loved and remembered, and he will be missed.”
Cobb was a second round pick by Tampa Bay coming out of Tennessee. He spent seven seasons in the NFL, including a 1,171-yard, nine-touchdown year in 1994.
“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,” former NFL executive Louis Riddick tweeted.
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
Our thoughts are with the Cobb family. May he rest in peace.