In the Props for Accomplishments Off the Field Department (Non-TMZ), Randall Cobb was among the University of Kentucky’s 2016 graduating class on Saturday. Cobb attended the ceremony and was likely the richest man to walk across the stage to get his diploma.
The first NFL player to be born in the 90s, Cobb left school early to be grabbed by the Packers in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft. Cobb has developed into one of the best slot receivers and versatile weapons in the NFL. His recently signed $40 million contract, which included a $3.5 million bonus collected just this March, means Cobb hardly needed his college diploma to secure his future.
However, Cobb wanted to be the first member of his family to graduate from college and followed through on that commitment by returning five years after he was drafted to finish the deal. In a video released by the university, because why shouldn’t they get some nice pub from this, Cobb explained how important education is, even for someone who has already achieved success.
As further evidence of how close they are, Aaron Rodgers attended the ceremony, which is a pretty bro thing to do since graduation ceremonies are notoriously dull, especially for a Hollywood jet-setter like Rodgers.
Showing something rare in today’s culture, Cobb held himself accountable for what had to be an extremely frustrating season in 2015. With Jordy Nelson out of the offense, defenses looked to double Cobb and single everyone else on obvious passing downs last season. That formula and a combination of other factors led to a poor season for both Cobb and his quarterback, but unlike his quarterback, Cobb never pointed the finger at anyone but himself.
With a fresh $3.5 million roster bonus in the bank account, Jordy on schedule to come back, and a shiny diploma to hang on his wall, Randall Cobb should be feeling like a new man in 2016. Let’s hope that translates to a big year for him and the offense.