KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- One of Tennessee's all-time great running backs, Reggie Cobb, passed away last weekend of an apparent heart attack, in California, where he lived and worked. Cobb, who was just 50 years young, went to Central High School of Knoxville, before heading over to UT where one of his offensive coaches was a current UT AD Phillip Fulmer. " We've watched some of the videos that have come out since his passing and I had forgotten how good he was! A fantastic player and person and he just lit up a room when he walked in it.", said Fulmer. "He was just visiting here about a year ago and we had a great conversation about what he was gonna do and we even talked about him coming back and working for us a little bit when he finished up so we'll miss him and see all of his teammates on Sunday and we were blessed to have him in our lives."
His brother, Terrance Cobb, said Reggie was like a father to him.
"It's gut wrenching to get the phone call that he's no longer here," said Terrance. "I'm still processing it. I can't fathom it, because our relationship seemed like it was getting stronger the older we get."
Sterling Henton, Reggie's best friend, teammate, and roommate at UT, said he was smart, lit up a room, and changed people's lives.
"Great people don't die," said Henton. "They multiply. I tell you with all the warm condolences throughout the world that have come to Knoxville, that is evidence that he has multiplied his good spirit into a lot of people."
He played 3 seasons under Johnny Majors, accounting for over 2,000 yards rushing and 29 total touchdowns.He went on to play in the NFL for several seasons, rushing for over one thousand yards on the ground in 1992 with the Tampa Bay Bucs. Reggie was most recently a scout for the San Francisco 49ers. Below is the obituary posted by Patton Funeral Home, which will handle his services. Those services will take place this Sunday April 28 and Monday the 29th:
Reginald John Cobb, age 50, passed away suddenly April 20, 2019 in Santa Clara, CA. A Knoxville native and resident of Houston, TX, Reggie was born July 7, 1968 and was reared in the Fountain City community. He was a football standout at Central High School and ultimately became a VFL at his beloved University of Tennessee.
While at UT, he earned his Bachelors Degree in Urban Studies and went down in history as one of the greatest running backs in "Big Orange Country." He would go on to play seven seasons in the NFL. Reggie rushed for 3,743 yards and 25 touchdowns. His best season was in 1992 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he rushed for 1,171 yards and scored 9 touchdowns.
From the field to the office, Cobb became an Area Scout for the Bucs in 2003 to 2008 then on to the Washington Redskins for two years. In 2011, Cobb was named NFC Scout of the Year by Fritz Pollard Alliance. At the time of his passing, he was in his 11th year with the San Francisco 49ers as an NFL Area Scout.
Survived by his mother, Valeria "Val" Cobb; son, DeMarcus Cobb; sisters, Kathy and Pam; brothers, William, Tyrone and Terrance; father, Ike Cobb; fiancee, Jessica "Niki" Jordan; best friends, Rodney Houseal and Sterling Henton and many devoted family, friends and fans.
Sunday, April 28, 2019, the family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with service to follow at Overcoming Believers Church, 211 Harriet Tubman Street, Knoxville, TN. Reverend Daryl W. Arnold, Senior Pastor and Reverend Bryant Stewart, Eulogist. Monday, April 29, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., Reggie will be laid to rest at Lynnhurst Cemetery, 2300 W. Adair Drive, Knoxville, TN where a white dove release will conclude the service. Professional arrangements entrusted to Patton Funeral Home, Brian L. Buckmon, LFD 1-800-824-8283 or www.pattonfuneralhome1962.com and assisted by Metropolitan Mortuary, Riverside, CA.