Garry Cobb

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Garry Cobb
Date of birth:(1957-03-16) March 16, 1957 (age 57)
Place of birth:Carthage, North Carolina
Career information
Position(s):Linebacker
Height:6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight:230 lb (100 kg)
College:Southern California
NFL Draft:1979 / Round: 9 / Pick: 247
Organizations
As player:
1979-1984
1985-1987
1988-1989
Detroit Lions
Philadelphia Eagles
Dallas Cowboys
Career stats
Playing stats at NFL.com
 
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This article is about the American Football player. For the English soccer player, see Gary Cobb.
Garry Cobb
Date of birth:(1957-03-16) March 16, 1957 (age 57)
Place of birth:Carthage, North Carolina
Career information
Position(s):Linebacker
Height:6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight:230 lb (100 kg)
College:Southern California
NFL Draft:1979 / Round: 9 / Pick: 247
Organizations
As player:
1979-1984
1985-1987
1988-1989
Detroit Lions
Philadelphia Eagles
Dallas Cowboys
Career stats
Playing stats at NFL.com
Garry Cobb
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Gwendolyn
Children3
ResidenceCherry Hill, New Jersey
WebsiteCampaign website

Garry Wilbert Cobb (born March 16, 1957 in Carthage, North Carolina) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League and current radio personality on WIP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the author of a book entitled Don't Be Clueless: 7 Keys to Life in the Real World, which is targeted to the challenges of urban youth. He is the principal operator of GCobb Publishing through which he manages a Philadelphia sports information website known as GCobb.Com. He is the Republican nominee for Congress in the House election for New Jersey's 1st congressional district.

Early life[edit]

A 1975 graduate of Stamford High School in Stamford, Connecticut, Cobb was a standout for the Black Knights in baseball, basketball, and football. Cobb often tells amusing stories on the radio about how it was while his father and mother raised him and the other kids and growing up together with his siblings in North Carolina and Connecticut.

College career[edit]

Cobb played college football at the University of Southern California where he played on two Rose Bowl Championship teams, one National Championship team and was selected All-Pac-10 Conference in 1978. He graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Sociology. After graduation, Cobb was offered contracts by the California Angels and Chicago Cubs baseball teams, but opted to play professional football instead.

Professional career[edit]

Cobb was drafted in the 9th round of 1979 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, but began his playing career with the Detroit Lions.[1] Cobb would spend six seasons with the Lions before being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1985,[1] in exchange for Philadelphia's then all-time leading rusher Wilbert Montgomery. While with the Eagles, Cobb was a teammate with quarterback Randall Cunningham and played in one of coach Buddy Ryan's most dominant defensive front units which included Jerome Brown, Clyde Simmons, Seth Joyner and Hall of Famer Reggie White. After three seasons with the Eagles, Cobb ended his career playing two seasons for the Dallas Cowboys.[1]

Radio and TV career[edit]

After his retirement from football, Cobb transitioned to being a television and radio personality in the Philadelphia area. He has earned the nickname "G Cobb".[citation needed] His trademark radio show expression has become "G Cobb in the House!" In 1997 he became a sports reporter with CBS 3’s Eyewitness News Team and remained for several years. He continues to host his own weekend radio program on 610 WIP. In July 2007, Cobb began writing Eagles columns for The Bulletin, a daily newspaper in Philadelphia.

Website publishing[edit]

Cobb is now the principal operator of a Philadelphia Eagles news and rumors website known as GCobb.com. The popular site now claims that 100,000 fans visit and read from the website monthly. In a notable scoop, it was two hours prior to the official start of the 2008 NFL free agency period when Cobb's site reported accurately that cornerback Asante Samuel had already reached a deal with the Eagles.[2]

Run for Congress[edit]

Cobb is running for the Republican nomination for New Jersey's 1st congressional district.[3] Cobb was initially recruited to potentially succeed another Republican and former Eagle, Jon Runyan.[4] Cobb won the Republican nomination and will face Democrat Donald Norcross in November.[5]

Personal[edit]

Cobb resides in Cherry Hill, New Jersey with his wife Gwendolyn whom he met while in college. They have three adult children together - two daughters, and a son, Garry Cobb II, who played cornerback at Stanford University (1998–2002).[6] Cobb is known for his interest in urban youth. He reaches out to them by speaking locally at youth detention centers, churches and other venues where they can be found.

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