Never one to be satisfied, Randall Cobb is branching out from the football field.
The former University of Kentucky standout and current Green Bay Packers receiver/returner was introduced Wednesday as a co-owner of D1 Sports Training’s Bowling Green location.
Cobb was at the facility on Natchez Trace to host a series of D1 Experience workouts with members of all ages.
The D1 facility opened in Bowling Green in October, and the company currently has 15 locations across the country. Two new locations will open later this summer in Orlando, Fla., and Raleigh, N.C.
The BG facility is co-owned by Western Kentucky Orthapaedic and Neurosurgical Associates, and Cobb is the latest professional athlete to partner with a regional location. Others include Peyton Manning, Chipper Jones, Tim Tebow and Jason Witten.
Below are some comments from Cobb on becoming a co-owner at D1, his second season with the Packers and his passion for working with kids:
On getting involved with D1: “It’s definitely something that I wanted to give back. This workout facility is definitely one of the top in the nation. Being able to have a workout facility, I think it’s so important for youth these days. There’s so much competition, and you get people in here for all ages from 7 to 70. It’s about being able to work out, be active and have fun.”
On working with young athletes: “That’s the most important thing – the kids. They’re the next generation. They’re the future. You just want to leave your mark on them in any way you can with a positive influence.”
“Kentucky, the whole state has shown me support for the last three or four years. They mean so much to me, so I want to be able to give back and help out however I can.”
Goals with Green Bay: “For myself, I want to be on the field a little bit more. I want to be able to contribute in any way that I can and be more involved with the offense. We’ve got a star-studded offense and a lot of guys that can make big plays, and the defense is coming along. I think we can make another run at the Super Bowl this year. That’s our goal every day when we come in.”
“As hard as we worked last year and as much time as we put in … it’s tough. That leaves a chip on our shoulder, and this offseason we’ve been working extremely hard and doing everything we can to get back to that point.”
On his first NFL game, which included a receiving TD and kick return TD: “I did have one good game, and one good game out of 16 isn’t a good season to me.”
On what he likes to tell kids. Cobb is currently enrolled in an online class for summer school and working toward finishing his degree at UK: “I try to teach them the value of education and learning. It takes you a lot further than your sport ever will.”