Former NFL RB, college star Cobb dies at 50

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Former NFL running back and Tennessee college star Reggie Cobb died Saturday, according to the San Francisco 49ers. He was 50.

Cobb spent the past 10 years as a scout for the 49ers.

The team didn’t divulge a reason for the unexpected death.

“We are devastated by the sudden loss of a tremendous teammate and loyal friend, Reggie Cobb,” general manager John Lynch said in a statement. “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 played seven NFL seasons and rushed for 3,743 yards and 25 touchdowns and also caught 123 passes for 949 yards and two scores.

His best season was when he rushed for 1,171 yards and nine touchdowns in 1992 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played four seasons for the Bucs before spending one season apiece with the Green Bay Packers (1994), Jacksonville Jaguars (1995) and New York Jets (1996).

The Buccaneers expressed their condolences on their Twitter account.

“We’re saddened to hear of the passing of former running back Reggie Cobb. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cobb family.”

Prior to his NFL career, Cobb was a standout at Tennessee and gained 2,360 yards and 26 touchdowns in three seasons. The yardage ranks 11th in school history, and he is tied for seventh in rushing scores.

Cobb rushed for 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns as a freshman in 1987.

Cobb was a second-round selection (30th overall) in the 1990 NFL Draft by Tampa Bay. He was the seventh running back selected.

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