Former NFL, Tennessee Vol star Reggie Cobb dies at age 50

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Tennessee running back Reggie Cobb, 34, pulls away from Indiana linebacker Darren Bush, 40, to score in first quarter of their Peach Bowl game at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, on Jan. 2, 1987. (AP Photo)

Former Vol running back Reggie Cobb died Saturday at the age of 50, according to a release from the San Francisco 49ers.

According to 247Sports, Cobb, a Knoxville native, was a local star at Central High School for four seasons. 

Cobb played for the University of Tennessee from 1987-1989 and appeared in the top 10 of several of the program’s all-time rushing records.

Cobb was drafted in the 2nd round of the NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Off the field Cobb worked as a scout for several NFL teams, including the San Francisco 49ers.

The General Manager of the 49ers, John Lynch, said the organization is mourning the loss of Cobb.

Tennessee running back Reggie Cobb, 34, pulls away from Indiana linebacker Darren Bush, 40, to score in first quarter of their Peach Bowl game at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, on Jan. 2, 1987. (AP Photo)

“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 personality and infectious 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. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this time of mourning.”

In 2011 with San Francisco, Cobb was named NFC Scout of the year by the Fritz Pollard Alliance.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Reggie Cobb (34) is stopped on a 7-yard run by Chicago Bears Mike Singletary (50) and Trace Armstrong (93) in the second quarter at Chicago's Soldier Field, Oct. 18, 1992. (AP Photo/Charles Bennett)

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