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Cobb: Green Bay the greatest thing that could have happened to me

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On his feelings about being drafted in the second round by Green Bay …
“It’s probably the best thing that could have happened to me, to wait as long as I did and go to the team I did. God works in mysterious ways. For me to have the opportunity to play for Green Bay, such a powerful organization, so well known and so much tradition there, it’s going to be a great experience.”

On what it was like waiting that night…
“The first night, seeing everybody leave was a little hard on my family, not so much me, but more my family. The second day I went in there with the mindset of hopefully I’m getting off the table today. When the receivers started going it was a little bit of, ‘Where am I going?’ But like I said, God works in mysterious ways. I feel it’s probably the best position out of any of the receivers.”

On the experience of being in New York for the NFL Draft…
“It was great. We got to go to the New York Stock Exchange and do the closing bell, Play-60 (NFL service project) we got to do with the kids. We did so many events and if I hadn’t have gone I wouldn’t have had the chance to experience. It was my first time in New York and I got to do a lot of things I never dreamed of.”

On if the Green Bay Packers had been on his radar prior to the draft…
“I talked to them at the combine but that was the only time I talked to them. The more I learned about this process, the more it shows that some teams show interest but some teams don’t show interest so they can pick you up whenever they get the chance. It’s just a great experience and I’m happy to be where I am.”

On if he thought he may go in the first round…
“It was a possibility but I had my mind set on third (round). That’s what I had heard. I don’t listen to the experts. The experts aren’t the coaches. They have a job to try to inform people on their opinion, but their opinion is not always what the coaches are thinking. I don’t really get too hyped up when I see stuff like that.”

On what he knows about the lockout situation…
“I don’t know. I know as much as you all know.  (I know) What I see on TV and what my agent tells me every now and then. But there’s not too much that I can do about it so I just try to focus on what I can handle and that’s being prepared and being ready whenever the lockout’s over and we start training.”

On what his role will be with the organization…
“Definitely as a receiver, but also as a return man and return specialist, returning punts and kicks. They have a couple receivers that are free agents, one that’s getting toward the end of his career, and you have Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson who had great seasons last year. They have a great receiving corps that I can learn from, with a great quarterback and Super Bowl winning team. It’s just a perfect fit for me.”

On his character becoming an asset…
“It is. I feel like good things come to good people. I feel like I’ve been a good person. I’m not saying I’m perfect and I do everything right, but I attempt to. I think that’s the most important thing, is that you’re attempting to be the best person you can be. I was fortunate enough and God blessed me with a great situation.”

On having so many general managers saying so many positive things about his character…
“That’s a great feeling that they have that much respect for me and the type of person (I am). But like I said, I’m not perfect and I don’t do everything right. It’s just attempting to and trying to be the best I can be.”

On going to a team with one of the best and most passionate fanbases in the country…
“So much love. I know they’re big on Twitter. I went from 16,000 (followers) to 22,000-23,000 (followers) in less than three nights. They just send me so many messages every day. I’m trying to have a contest up there and get a chance to get up there and meet some of the fans and learn about the city and the history of the Packers. It’s been remarkable, just the things they’ve been saying. They all seem happy that I’m there and happy that I’m going to be a part of their family now.”

On going to a team that is not in a rebuilding process…
“That’s very important in that I think it’s going to help my success as a player. I hope I can contribute and help them in any way I can. We have a quarterback that’s as experienced as Aaron Rodgers is and have a Super Bowl team that knows what it takes to get there. They know what we have to do to get back to that position. Just coming to a situation like that and being able to learn early how you get to a Super Bowl, how do you work, how do you push yourself, how do you pride yourself as a team and as an organization to get to that level. I think that’s very important. Me, becoming a part of that situation, I can learn a little bit faster so I can get there.”

On if he has talked to former Kentucky punter and current Green Bay Packers punter Tim Masthay…
“No, I tried to call him yesterday but I got the disconnected number. I want to mess with him about trying to take his job as a holder.”

On if he’s going to study up and learn about the Green Bay Packers history…
“Yeah, definitely. You always want to know about who you’re playing for. Whenever I came to Kentucky I wanted to know the history of Kentucky. Who were the people – the Bear Bryants, all the older names, the Tim Couches, the Craig Yeasts, all those guys that were able to do big things in the program? Who were the names that people look for, and try to compare yourself to them and try to get to their level and try to figure out how they got to where they were.”

On if he will use the fact that he was passed by teams as fuel and motivation…
“Yes. I’ve already been doing that. The day I got drafted I went and worked out that night. I (live) off that stuff and I’m going to use that as motivation like I always have.”

On if he leaves Kentucky feeling like mission accomplished or stones still unturned…
“I feel like I left it as mission in progress. I feel like we’ve made some steps and hopefully we’ve laid a foundation that the young guys can build on and the future Wildcats can build on. I hope that I left a sense of, we’ve got to get the job done. We’ve been close and we’ve got to a position where we can win, we just have to be to able to win now.”

On if not having to carry as big of a load within the team is a relief…
“I want to be able to contribute any way I can. I’m still going to put pressure on myself because that’s just the type of person I am. But I don’t think it’s going to be as much stress because we have so many great players that they’re going to do things and they’re going to care of their jobs and I just have to take care of mine.”

On if he’s had the time to reflect on his journey from Alcoa, Tenn., to an NFL player…
“I was thinking (about) it the whole time. It’s a dream come true. But this is just the beginning now. I’m at the beginning again and I have to start all over and continue to reach out for goals and make new goals to try to accomplish those.”

On how important it is for Kentucky to have some players be successful in the NFL…
“I think it’s big because we have players here. We have guys that can play on that level. We have to go out there and showcase our ability and help get Kentucky’s name out there, and get Kentucky’s brand out there and (show) the type of people and players we are, so hopefully these NFL scouts and the NFL coaches will want to continue to come back here and get players.”

On the Kentucky football program without him…
“It’s still Kentucky, nothing changes. Somebody else will have to pick up where I left off and where our team left off last year. They have some great players and some great coaches and they’re going to be able to do some great things. They just have to put it in their minds that they’re great and not let anybody tell them that they’re not and not listen to the naysayers.”

On if he’s talked to any of the Kentucky receivers since being drafted…
“Yeah, I have. I’ve talked to Brian (Adams), I’ve talked to La’Rod (King) and Matt (Roark). I told those guys, they’ve seen how I did it. They need to go out and do it themselves now. They have to prove to everybody that they can be who everybody wants them to be. They just have to put it in their minds to do it.”

On now having football as his job…
“I don’t believe anything changes. When you start looking at it more as a monetary value, then I think you lose the heart and the desire to play. I think that’s how guys separate themselves in four or five years. The guys that are playing for money aren’t playing anymore. The guys who are still playing for the love of the game are the ones having those long careers.”

On if playing in a small-market city like Green Bay, Wis., is a good fit for him…
“I think it’s a great fit. (It is) a small city like where I came from. The tradition is remarkable and I think that at Alcoa we have a great tradition. I’m still wearing some of my high school shorts now. I think that just coming from a small town and going to a small town, where football is football.”

On if he will still be by a TV on Saturdays trying to watch college football games…
“Oh yeah, definitely. I’m going to try and sneak and do all I can to watch Kentucky football and see my boys and make sure they’re taking care of business.”

On if he’s hoping to have a play in the playbook in which he would throw the ball…
“That’d be nice but I don’t think we’ll need that. They got to a Super Bowl last year without it so there’s no reason to put in anything. It might be fun, but it might be in a preseason game.”

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