Sports in Brief: Hall of fame
Former Rice running back Trevor Cobb was selected for induction to the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday as part of the 2018 Hall of Fame Class. Cobb was a standout running back for the Owls football team from 1989-1993: in 1991, he was a consensus First Team All-American and won the Doak Walker Award, given to the top collegiate running back in the nation. The following year, he was named the Southwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year as well as the SWC Male Athlete of the Year, leading the Owls to their first winning season since 1963.
“I’m just lost for words really,” Cobb said. “It’s a proud moment for the University and for my family. It means a great deal. Hopefully, it leaves a legacy of inspiration. It goes to show that if you work hard, you can achieve anything.”
His 4,948 career rushing yards place him 24th in the all-time NCAA rankings and he holds 17 Rice school records, among them rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and total yards from scrimmage. After his Rice football career, Cobb played in the NFL for one year before returning to Rice and receiving his bachelor’s degree in 2001. He is currently the director of Trevor Cobb’s Helping Hands, a non-profit organization that mentors young athletes in the Houston community.
He will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame on December 4 along with others including former NFL stars Calvin Johnson, Charles Woodson, and Ed Reed.
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