NFL wide receiver Randall Cobb celebrated along with thousands of new college graduates across the country over the weekend.
The 25-year-old pro athlete who left his alma mater, University of Kentucky, in 2011 to play for the Green Bay Packers returned to finish what he had started five years ago.
The man of the hour, #18. https://t.co/vVpS15ddQc— UK Stoops Troops (@UK Stoops Troops)1462715752.0
Cobb told UK public relations that he became the first person in his immediate family to graduate.
“I think that achievement is going to be bigger than any success I could have on the field, because on that day I will have set a standard for my family and anyone that comes after me,” the receiver said.
Cobb majored in community and leadership development in UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
There to support Cobb at the momentous ceremony in Lexington was Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was in Lexington to cheer on teammate Randall Cobb, who is graduating from UK today. https://t.co/UQnCPgrqop— Jen Smith (@Jen Smith)1462720412.0
Great player, even better guy, now a college graduate. So proud of you brother @rcobb18 #UKgrad #derbyweekend https://t.co/MNgaD3nFXG— Aaron Rodgers (@Aaron Rodgers)1462733342.0
One onlooker managed to snap a shot of Rodgers cheering at the commencement as his teammate walked across the stage.
when @AaronRodgers12 sees @rcobb18 graduate from the @universityofky #gopackgo #bbn https://t.co/kNqfNAkPlY— Blair Conner (@Blair Conner)1462726757.0
Rodgers and Cobb have played together since Cobb was drafted in 2011. Cobb has never worked with another quarterback in his entire professional career. Together, the two have racked up 3,878 yards and 31 touchdowns, according to Gridiron Now.
Congratulations, @rcobb18! #WeAreUK https://t.co/RVKsJxBFw0— UK Stoops Troops (@UK Stoops Troops)1462721769.0