Former Wildcat Randall Cobb is in Lexington this week, helping out another former UK player, Champ Kelly, with his C.H.A.M.P Camp at Bryan Station High School.
“I want to come back here and give back to this community,” Cobb said on Thursday. “I’ve always preached about how important I felt Lexington is to me, so being able to help Champ and being able to help out with the kids is important to me.”
Cobb also made an appearance Thursday night at a local Lexington sports card shop to sign autographs. The Green Bay Packers wide receiver said his message to young people is simple.
“Living out your dreams and competing, I think, that’s the two main things I want them to understand. How important competition is and how pushing yourself against other people makes you better.”
Cobb was a second-round draft pick of the Packers and made an immediate impact. In his first professional game, Cobb scored on a touchdown catch, but his 108 yard kickoff return for a score had Packers fans and the Big Blue faithful dreaming of a monster season.
Cobb finished the 2011-12 season with 675 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. But he wasn’t satisfied.
“It wasn’t good enough,” he said. “You know me. I had some ups and downs. I had some learning experiences. I’m just going to continue to learn and get better.
Cobb left UK after his junior season, but not before promising his mother he’d get his college degree.
“That was a goal I set for myself,” he said. “Regardless of when that is, I want to graduate. It may be two years from now. It may be six years from now, but I’m going to get it done at some point. Nobody in my immediate family has a college degree, so to have that is something I want to get.”
And what UK fan will doubt him?
Those are the highlights… Stay tuned.