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.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

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  1. Sad. I remember how excited I was when they drafted him and I always liked his rushing as a pro. Rest in peace.

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  2. Sad news! One of my favorite football players growing up. I would always run the ball with Cobb in Tecmo bowl. RIP. 🙁

    Life is precious and short but we fail to realize this till it is too late.

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  3. Deeply Saddened. I loved watching him play.

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  4. Many of us remember Cobb as a RB for our Bucs.
    Rest In Peace Sir.

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  5. What a shame. He really turned his life around when once headed down the wrong path.

    I have his likeness painted on a football that is on display in my Bucs room.

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  6. scubog, good thoughts, sir.
    I wonder if going through all of those inane Ray Perkins led three a days under a blistering Florida sun had anything to do with his shortened life span.

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  7. I really liked Cobb had high hopes for him after that 92′ season but Like Errict Rhett he just fizzled away

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