By LARRY VAUGHT
Tina Cobb was caught off guard when her son, Randall, called to tell her he had some “news” for her.
Since he recently got married, she thought maybe he was going to tell her he was expecting a child. Instead, he told her he was being inducted in the Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame in September.
“We had never talked about this. It was a big surprise when he told me,” said Tina Cobb. “It was a total surprise to me.”
With the numbers Randall Cobb had during his three years at Kentucky, his selection is no surprise. He played receiver and quarterback. He returned punts and kickoffs. He set a Southeastern Conference single-season record for all-purpose yardage (2,396 yards) during his junior year in 2010. He also set the school record for touchdowns (37).
He finished his UK career with 144 catches for 1,661 yards and 13 scores, ran 228 times for 1,313 yards and 22 touchdowns, and completed 62 of 122 passes for 689 yards and five more touchdowns. He returned 63 punts for 619 yards and two touchdowns and ran back 44 kickoffs for 1,081 yards.
He’s been just as good for Green Bay as a receiver. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2014 and has 366 career catches for 4,488 yards and 35 scores in six seasons. Like he did at UK, he’s been versatile. He has rushed for 335 yards and has returned kicks for 2,701 yards and three touchdowns.
“This is really a big honor not just for him, but for our whole family,” Tina Cobb said. “He was the first one in our immediate family to go to college and graduate (in 2016). He promised me he would go back and get his degree no matter how long it took. When his little sister started college, he got a move on because he wanted to be the first.
“But his accomplishments have been overwhelming. Every time I turn around, he’s doing something different. Just when you think nothing else can come along, then something like this (Hall of Fame) happens.”
The Hall of Fame induction will be Sept. 22-23. Green Bay hosts Cincinnati on Sept. 24.
“I don’t know if he will be able to be there or not. We have not talked about it yet,” Tina Cobb said. “I know he would love to be there. It’s just a matter of what the Green Bay coaches say. He’s all about commitment to the team he’s with.
“I will be there as long as I am able and I do not have to give a speech. I can accept it for him, but I am not that person to give that speech (at the induction ceremony).”
She recently got to spend time with her son on a family weekend vacation to see her son and his wife, who live in Virginia. He took them on a tour of Washington, D.C., and various landmarks.
“We get to see him a little more often now that he is living in Virginia,” Tina Cobb said. “The last six months have really been busy for him. He got married on a Saturday in April and then had practice start either Monday or Tuesday. They didn’t go on a honeymoon until after camp was over and just got back from Africa recently. But making that trip to Lexington for the Hall of Fame is something we are all really excited about and I just hope the timing works out for him.”