Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer running back Reggie Cobb passes away

Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a game against the Los Angeles Raiders. The Raiders won the game 27-20.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a game against the Los Angeles Raiders. The Raiders won the game 27-20. /

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back and draft scout Reggie Cobb has suddenly passed away today at the age of 50 years old.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Reggie Cobb has passed away at the age of 50 today. The cause of his death was sudden and unknown to this point in time.

Cobb was drafted by the Buccaneers in the second round by in 1990, and played four seasons in Tampa Bay. He also played for the Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets before retiring in 1996.

In his four years in Tampa Bay, Cobb rushed for over 3,000 yards and scored 22 touchdowns for the Buccaneers offense. Over the course of his career, he tallied over 3,700 yards rushing and 27 career touchdowns.

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After retiring from the NFL, Cobb started his new career as a scout in the NFL. He joined Washington in 2001 before coming back to Tampa Bay to work as the Buccaneers Southwestern regional scout for an additional six years. Cobb had been a scout with the San Francisco 49ers since the 2009 season.

The Buccaneers issued a statement following the news of the passing of Cobb,

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

In addition, former Buccaneers teammate and co-worker in San Francisco, John Lynch remembers Cobb in his statement on behalf of the 49ers as well:

"“We are devastated by the sudden loss of a tremendous teammate and loyal friend, Reggie Cobb… Reggie was an enthusiastic and passionate person who had a special ability to brighten up a room with his 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.” (via"

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The Pewter Plank wishes Cobb’s his family our deepest condolences during this time.