49ers’ regional scout Reggie Cobb, an NFL running back of seven seasons, died Saturday from a suspected heart attack. He was 50.
“We are devastated by the sudden loss of a tremendous teammate and loyal friend, Reggie Cobb,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement.
“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.”
The coming season would have been Cobb’s 11th with San Francisco as an area scout and 26th in the NFL. He was named the NFC Scout of the Year by the Fitz Pollard Alliance in 2011.
Cobb ended his college career as the University of Tennessee’s No. 3 rusher in school history with 2,360 yards and 26 touchdowns. He was a second-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1990. He played there four seasons and had a career-best 1,171 yards and nine touchdowns in 1992. He also played for the Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets.
He joined San Francisco following six years as a southwest scout for the Buccaneers and two seasons with the Washington Redskins.
“Unbelievably sad,” 49ers CEO Jed York wrote on Twitter. “Reggie was a great man with a huge, warm smile. We’re praying for his family and friends.”