The 49ers announced on Saturday afternoon that regional scout and former Bucs running back Reggie Cobb passed away unexpectedly earlier in the day.
The Sacramento Bee reported a heart attack was the early suspected cause.
Cobb was drafted with the No. 30 pick by the Buccaneers in 1990 after a standout career in Knoxville playing his college football for the Tennessee Volunteers.
Cobb’s former teammate in Tampa Bay and current boss, 49ers GM John Lynch released a statement through the team.
“We are devastated by the sudden loss of a tremendous teammate and loyal friend, Reggie Cobb,” said Lynch. “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.”
Cobb finished his career with Tennessee as the school’s No. 3 rusher in team history with 2,360 yards and 26 touchdowns. Cobb was second-round draft pick by there Buccaneers in 1990 and played four seasons in Tampa Bay. Cobb’s best season came in 1992 where he rushed for 1,171 yards and nine touchdowns. Cobb’s carer continued with stints in Green Bay, Jacksonville and with the New York Jets.
After his playing career Cobb spent six years as a scout for the Bucs and two seasons with the Washington Redskins, before joining the 49ers.