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Former NFL RB, Vols star Cobb dies at 50

Associated Pres • Apr 20, 2019 at 5:40 PM

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Former NFL running back and University of Tennessee star Reggie Cobb has died at 50.

His death was announced Saturday by the San Francisco 49ers. The Knoxville native scouted for the team for the last 10 years, as well as for other clubs before them. Details of his death were not disclosed.

Cobb played in the NFL for seven years. He was drafted by Tampa Bay in 1990 and also played for Green Bay, Jacksonville and the New York Jets.

San Francisco general manager John Lynch called Cobb a “topnotch scout and an exemplary man.” He remembered Cobb as someone who could “brighten up a room with his personality and infectious smile.”

Cobb played for the Vols from 1987-89 and ranked 11th in UT history in rushing yards (2,360), was tied for seventh in rushing touchdowns (26) and was 12th in rushing attempts (445). He was part of the Vols’ 100th anniversary team.

Cobb led the Southeastern Conference in touchdowns with 20 in 1987 and rushed for 1,197 yards during his freshman season. His 1,721 all-purpose yards that season stood as the UT record until 2012.